Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he will do whatever he can to block Susan Rice if President Obama nominates her to head the State Department.
“We will do whatever’s necessary to block the nomination that’s within our power as far as Susan Rice is concerned,” Mr. McCain told reporters.
Ms. Rice is currently U.S. ambassador to the U.N., though there has been speculation Mr. Obama may tap her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. But her chances have been dented after Ms. Rice’s appearance on the Sunday political talk shows earlier this year when she said the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was actually a protest against an anti-Islamic video.
Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested Ms. Rice’s troubles went beyond Benghazi, though.
“I don’t think we’re doing very well in the U.N., quite frankly,” he said. “You know, they did a pretty good job in Libya, but since then Russia and China has been walking all over us. I’m not so sure she’s the strongest advocate. I think she’s more political operative than she is anything else when it comes to Benghazi.”
He predicted even some Democrats would be reluctant to back a promotion for Ms. Rice.