President Obama to Senator McCain: 'Go After Me'

The president calls out McCain?s efforts to criticize U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice "outrageous."
3:00 | 11/14/12

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A Senator John McCain and senator Lindsey Graham -- -- stated they want to have Watergate style hearings on the attack. On the US consulate in Britain -- and said that if you nominate Susan Rice to be secretary of state they will do everything in their power to block her nomination. A senator Graham said he simply doesn't trust. Ambassador rice after what she -- about -- Ghazi I'd like your reaction to that and and would those threats deter you from making nomination. Well first fallen under comment at this point on. Various nominations at all put forward. To fill up my cabinet for the second term those -- things that are still being discussed. Below -- -- -- about Susan Rice she has done exemplary work. She has represented the United States and our interest in the -- The United Nations. With skill. And professionalism. And toughness and -- As I've said before. She made an appearance. At the request the White House. In which she. Gave her best. Understanding. Of the intelligence that had been provided to. If Senator McCain. And senator Graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after make. And I'm happy to have that discussion would. But for them to go after. The UN ambassador. Who had nothing to do -- -- doesn't. And was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received. And -- to -- besmirch her reputation. Is outrageous. And no. -- after an election night. I think it is important. For us to find out exactly what happened in the Gaza and I'm happy to cooperate in any way is that congress wants. We have provided every bit of information that we have and we will continue to provide information and we've got a full blown investigation. And all that information will be disgorged. Two -- And I don't think there's any debate in this country that when you have four Americans killed that's a problem. And we've got to get to bottom of it. And there needs to be accountability. We've got to bring those who turned out to justice. They won't get a debate for me on that. When they go after the UN. Ambassador. Early because they think she's an easy target. Than they've got a problem with me. And should I choose. If I think that -- would be the best person to serve America. In the -- the State Department that I will nominate that's not a -- -- that I made it.

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