WASHINGTON — UN Ambassador Susan Rice is meeting with key lawmakers in what could be her final pitch for their support if she is nominated to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next U.S. secretary of state.
The discussions, beginning Tuesday, will focus on her much-criticized explanations of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, officials said, but it’s also clearly an audition for America’s top diplomatic job.
Despite lingering questions over her comments five days after the Benghazi attack, Rice has emerged as the clear front-runner on a short list of candidates to succeed Clinton, who is expected to step down soon. Sen. John Kerry is seen as Rice’s closest alternative. But despite a softening of Republican opposition to Rice over the weekend, she still has work to do to ensure that enough Republican senators are…
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