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Idaho Senator Crapo Says Susan Rice Would Not Be A Good Choice For Secretary Of State

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Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, is adding his voice to other Republicans on the chance that UN Ambassador Susan Rice could be nominated for U.S. Secretary of State. “I do not believe she would be a good choice.”

Republican senators say they're concerned over Rice's statements about the September 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  When Rice appeared on Sunday talk shows five days later, she said the attack grew out of a protest over an anti-Islamic movie -- an account that has since proven to be incorrect.

“Whether she was culpable or not, she was central in the effort by the Administration to steer the country away from a proper understanding of what happened in Benghazi," says Crapo, "and until that gets resolved, I think there would be very strong opposition to her nomination as Secretary of State.”

Rice says talking points about the attack were provided by the intelligence community and were incorrect.  She said there was "no intention to mislead the American people."

The White House says there are "no unanswered questions" about Rice's remarks.  Spokesman Jay Carney called the focus on the issue an "obsession."

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