Transcript for Susan Rice Takes Republican Challengers Head On
Good evening, we watched a riveting showdown in washington, d.C., She marched straight into the lion's den to take on her critics. She is the u.N. Ambassador, susan rice, and she may be the next secretary of state if her opponents can't stop her. Abc's senior political correspondent jonathan karl has the drama today. Jon? Reporter: Dng, the white house and senate republicans appear to be on a collision course with some prominent republicans dead set against the president's leading candidate for secretary of state. Talk about a test of diplomatic skills, susan rice on capitol hill meeting with republicans determined to stop her from becoming secretary of state. Rice herself asked for the meetings but the effort to smooth things over didn't exactly work. The senators demanded answers on why she tied the attack on the u.S. Consulate in benghazi, libya, to an anti-muslim video. They didn't like what they heard. The concerns I have are greater today than they were before and we're not even close to getting the basic answers. It is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. Reporter: The president hasn't yet decided who he'll nominate to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state, but rice is the leading candidate. If I think that she would be the best person to serve ameri america, in the capacity of the state department, then I will nominate her. Reporter: Behind closed doors rice acknowl of what she said about the libya attack was wrong. But that the information came directly from the cia. Same is true of condoleezza rice who passed on incorrect cia information on weapons of mass destruction in iraq. But was still overwhelmingly confirmed as secretary of state. Susan rice is closer to the president than anybody in his cabinet and has been an overachiever for most of her life, high school value kick torian, basketball star, rhodes scholar but has a reputation for blunt talk. By all accounts she is talented, capable and extremely abrasive. Reporter: In the 2008 campaign she ridiculed hillary clinton's foreign policy experience and called john McCAIN RECKLESS AND CONFUSED. The president does not nate her those who know her say she is more than up for the fight. Although this would be a bruising battle, diane, I can tell you she would almost certainly have the vote to be confirmed. Jon karl reporting tonight. Now we turn to the other
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