Susan Rice speaks: ‘I relied solely and squarely’ on US intelligence

It’s been more than two months since U.N. Amb. Susan Rice appeared on five different network news programs to discuss the “spontaneous protests” which led to the deaths of Amb. Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Appearing today at the Security Council media stakeout, Rice took a question from a reporter on the “blame the video” story.

Asked about the controversy over her TV appearances, Rice said, in part, “I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. I made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. Everyone, particularly the intelligence community, has worked in good faith to provide the best assessment based on the information available.”

Susan Rice’s first public comments after being viciously attacked by repubs youtu.be/jf6hTc6k_VY

— KnowYourObama (@KnowYourObama) November 22, 2012

The reporter also asked Rice, “Is Senator [John] McCain fair in what he has said?” Rice replied that she has “great respect” for McCain, but that “some of the statements he’s made about me have been unfounded, but I look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him.”

Rice has finally spoken up for herself, but apparently the timing was right. Buzz is building that Rice might be in line to be the next Secretary of State, and her supporters have managed to demonize McCain as a racist and misogynist for “bullying” her in his quest for answers.

@maddow Susan Rice was a CLASS ACT today in her response regarding the GOP attacks against her. More reason for her nomination to SoS.

— Dwayne Murphy (@revdjmurphy) November 22, 2012

Susan Rice is a class act dealing with a classless dolt

— John Billar Pro 47% (@azmoderate) November 22, 2012

@ambassadorrice Thank you for your service, and it’s so sad McCain has been on the wrong side of history

— Deborah Fulton (@fultondeb) November 22, 2012

Shorter Susan Rice to John McCain: I’d like to B*tch Slap you at the appropriate time.

— A. Deno Vir, MD PhD (@Adenovir) November 22, 2012

A shame @senjohnmccain chooses to continue making a fool of himself over Amb Susan Rice nd whole Sec of State nomination in general

— Teri Copper (@BizMamaTo2) November 22, 2012

@maddow Notice how gracious Susan Rice was in the face of racial prejudice & stupidity (i.e. John McCain).She’s got class.He’s got no-class.

— MReynolds (@MReynolds407) November 22, 2012

I’ve watched @ambassadorrice conduct herself with HONOR and dignity. I watched @senjohnmccain validad the nation’s decission AGAINST him.

— Elias McClellan (@EliasMcClellan) November 22, 2012

Fools led by a bitter mean old white man.McCain GOP keeps focused on Susan Ricewashingtonpost.com/politics/house…

— Susanna (@SusannaMatte) November 22, 2012

With Rice finally willing to address questions about Libya, can we add a couple more?

So the CIA said it was cuz of a video? What?? MT@nprnews:Rice Claims Were Based On Information From Intelligence n.pr/10wRlV7

— SheilaKihne (@SheilaKihne) November 22, 2012

@ambassadorrice Can you provide source notes given to you indicating the YouTube video as the source of the attack on #benghazi?

— Tania Gail (@Skye820) November 22, 2012

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