"If you can give nothing but bad information, isn't it better to give no information at all? It was unjustified to give the scenarios as presented by Ambassador Rice and President Obama three weeks before an election."
Others were not so concerned. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Independent Democrat who has often sided with McCain on national security issues and broke with his party to endorse McCain's presidential bid in 2008, said he was satisfied by a meeting with Rice.
"I felt that she was telling me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," Lieberman said this afternoon following his meeting with Rice and acting CIA Director Mike Morell, "And based on that, corroborated by the director of the CIA, I don't think there's basis in those Sunday morning TV appearances for disqualifying Susan Rice from some other position in our government."
Lieberman did say that Rice admitted during the meeting that she wishes that she had said that "core" al Qaeda has been decimated instead of saying al Qaeda had been decimated during one of her interviews, a point that some Republicans have jumped on.
"To me based on her public record and her public service, barring some evidence to the contrary I think she's answered the questions that I have as to why she said the things she did on that Sunday morning program," Lieberman said.