House GOP: Rice unfit for State Dept. job

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WASHINGTON -- A group of 97 House Republicans sent a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, saying that UN Ambassador Susan Rice misled the nation about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, making her unfit to be a candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The letter, organized by South Carolina freshman Jeff Duncan, said Rice's "misleading statements" about the attack that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans "caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world."

It was the latest GOP effort to single out Rice for the mixed signals sent out by the administration after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have led criticism in the Senate, saying Rice is unqualified and untrustworthy.

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Obama responded last week at a news conference, saying the senators should "go after me" if they want to criticize the administration.

Rice became a target when she went on the Sunday talk shows five days after the attack and said that, from the best information she had at the time, it was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video. That proved to be incorrect.-- AP

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