McCain, Ayotte 'Troubled' After Susan Rice Meeting

Republicans still skeptical after meeting with the secretary of state front-runner.
2:04 | 11/28/12

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Now, to the battle brewing over who will be the next secretary of state. No final decision yet from president obama. But the front-runner is u.N. Ambassador susan rice. And she ran into a buzzsaw yesterday on capitol hill, when she met with senators critical of her nomination. Take a look. The concerns I have are greater today than I had before. And we're not even close to getting the basic answers. I want to say that I'm more troubled today. We are significantly troubled by many of the answers. Abc's jonathan karl is covering all this from washington. Jon, on sunday, it looked like some of the senators, graham and McCAIN, HAD SOFTENED THEIR Opposition. But not after the meeting yesterday. What went wrong in that room? Reporter: Once again, they clashed over what rice said about the consulate attack in benghazi, libya, and after the attack. Sources in the meeting said that rice started off by acknowledging that some of what she said was not true. But she presented evidence that that came directly from the cia, everything that she said. The senators responded by accusing both her and the cia of shading it for political reasons. Rice, as you can imagine, forcefully denied that. And, george, so did the acting cia director, who was with her in the meeting. The republican senators just didn't buy it. Jon, the white house insists president obama has not made the decision to nominate ambassador rice for secretary of state. But they also say that this opposition isn't going to make the difference in that decision. Reporter: They've been consistent in saying that. And rice herself has told people she had no idea whether or not the president will nominate her. The white house tells me she is very much the leading candidate. And hillary clinton, friends of hillary clinton say, that they expect her to leave immediately after the president's first term is over, in early january. So, time, is really running out on that, george. I would expect a decision on this very soon. Certainly well before christmas. Rice will be meeting with more senators today? Reporter: That's right. Including bob corker, another big critic, who said she's better suited to be the dnc chairman. Let's get more from's security correspondent, martha

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