U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice took the initiative to invite John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte to sit down and speak with her Tuesday like reasonable adults about her controversial comments on the Benghazi attacks. They all said yes.
Yep, Rice invited her biggest fans to come and chat with her about those ill-fated comments she made about the Benghazi attacks on the Sunday political talk shows so many moons ago. McCain, Graham, and Ayotte have all publicly criticized Rice for implying the attacks were spontaneous. McCain has been her most vocal detractor, though his tone when discussing Rice has softened.
Originally, McCain flipped out when Rice's name was attached to a Secretary of State rumor. He said he would do "everything I can" to stop it from happening, even going so far as to threaten filibustering her nomination. The following Sunday, McCain said on Face the Nation that Rice had "a lot of explaining to do," and said he wants her to admit she was wrong. But this past Sunday, he was much more demurred. "Sure, I give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took," he said on Fox News Sunday. "I’ll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her."
Graham, too, has been attacking Rice on the Sunday shows ever since the Secretary of State rumors. While his comments telling Romney to stop digging on Meet the Press the weekend before Thanksgiving got all the headlines, the majority of that segment was Graham talking about Rice and Benghazi. This past weekend, Graham offered Rice a preview of what tomorrow's meeting would be like when he said, "When she comes over, if she does, there will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others."
Ayotte might seem like a curious third choice, but she was there at the start with McCain and Graham. And she criticized Rice on an episode of Pierce Morgan Tonight, but nothing she said was anywhere close to as aggressive as something from someone like, say, Rep. Peter King. He's been extremely critical of Rice, most notably on a recent episode of This Week.
Regardless, Tuesday should be fun.
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