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GOP Senators Express Reservations After Meeting With Rice

WASHINGTON (November 27, 2012)--U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said Tuesday the talking points she relied on when publicly discussing the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya simply had it wrong, and there was "no intention to mislead the American people"

Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell met Tuesday with three Republican senators who have been harshly critical of Rice's comments five days after attack.

She said then that it had grown out of a spontaneous protest.

In a statement, the U.N. ambassador said there was no demonstration in Benghazi and "talking points provided by the intelligence community" had been incorrect.

“As is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved,” she said.

Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte emerged from Tuesday morning's meeting declaring that they are more troubled than ever.

Rice has been considered a likely candidate to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, but the three senators insist that they'll need more information about the Libyan raid before they'll consider Rice.

Still, 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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