The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

McCain says UN's Rice could change his mind over Benghazi


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Senator John McCain, a vocal opponent of Ms Susan Rice's possible nomination as Secretary of State, said on Sunday that the United Nations (UN) ambassador could change his mind after she explained her statements on the attack on the United States (US) mission in Benghazi.

"Sure. She can - I'd give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took," Mr McCain said on the Fox News Sunday programme when asked if Ms Rice could reverse his opposition.

"I'd be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her," he said.

In what could become the first ugly nomination fight of Democratic President Barack Obama's second term, Republicans have criticised Ms Rice for appearing on Sunday morning news shows shortly after the Sept 11 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans and saying early information suggested it was the result of protests over an anti-Muslim film rather than a premeditated strike.