Obama's Ambassador Nominees Face Criticism

Critics say that too many nominees have more cash than competence.
3:00 | 02/26/14

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President Obama is facing tough questions about his nominees for ambassador. Critics say too many are going to cronies with more cash than competence pushing hard to reforms. Jon Karl has the story. Reporter: Sometimes it can be downright embarrassing. President Obama's pick to be bade to Argentina has never set foot in the place. Mr. Mamet, have you been to Argentina? Senator, I haven't had the opportunity yet to be there. Reporter: Neither have the president's picks for Iceland or Norway. Mr. Barbour, I take it you've been to Iceland. Sir, I have not had the privilege. Mr. T sunis, have you been to Norway? I have not. Reporter: The nomination had a hard time answering questions. What are our strategic interests in Hungary? We have -- our strategic interests in terms of what are key priorities -- Have any people been to epcot center? Have you been anywhere? Can there a rule ambassadors can't have set foot in the country they're going to ambassador. Would it ruin the surprise? They each helped raise more than $500,000 for the Obama re-election campaign. Like previous presidents, president Obama has reserved about one-third of his ambassadorial appointments for political supporters, most of them big donor. More than half of the political appointees he made to these posts gave or bundled, helped to raise more than $500,000 for his re-election campaign. Can that a coincidence? Look, the president takes an approach where he finds qualified nominees for these posts from a variety of walks of life. Reporter: One nomination that the foreign service association will be watching very closely is U.S. Ambassador to France, the post is currently vacant. The question, George, is will it go to somebody who raised big bucks for the Obama campaign and if so will that be somebody who also knows a little about France?

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