Republican Senators Blast UN Ambassador Rice

4798U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has apologized for not calling the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, terrorist.

Under fire: Susan Rice has been openly criticized by Republicans her for initial comments after the Benghazi attack.
The comments came after she failed to win over her harshest GOP critics in the Senate during a meeting with them on Tuesday.

She claimed she never meant to mislead the American people, and instead used talking points given to her by the intelligence community at the time. 

Rice has been named as the likely successor to Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, however, several Republican senators are threatening to block her confirmation if President Obama nominates her for any post.

In a statement issued shortly after the one-hour meeting at the U.S. Capitol of Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte, Rice said she had relied on information from the CIA before she appeared on five Sunday morning talk shows on September 16.

'We explained that the talking points provided by the intelligence community, and the initial assessment upon which they were based, were incorrect in a key respect: there was no protest or demonstration in Benghazi,' Ms. Rice said.

She added: 'We stressed that neither I, nor anyone else in the administration, intended to mislead the American people at any stage in this process, and the administration updated Congress and the American people as our assessments evolved.'

The Republicans said that they remain unconvinced by her responses and said her visit left them with greater concerns than before the meeting.

They have openly criticized her for initial comments after the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that suggested it was a spontaneous event arising from protests of an anti-Islam film rather than a premeditated attack.

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