GOP senators express reservations, seek more answers on Libya after meeting with Rice

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice says talking points she relied on when publicly discussing the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya simply had it wrong, and there was "no intention to mislead the American people"

Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morell met today with three Republican senators who have been harshly critical of Rice's comments five days after attack. She said then that it had grown out of a spontaneous protest.

In a statement, the U.N. ambassador says there was no demonstration in Benghazi and "talking points provided by the intelligence community" had been incorrect. Rice adds: "as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved."

Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte (AY'-aht) emerged from this morning's meeting declaring themselves to be more troubled than ever. Rice has been considered a likely candidate to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, but the three senators insist that they'll need more information about the Libyan raid before they'll consider Rice.

Still, the White House says there are "no unanswered questions" about Rice's remarks. Spokesman Jay Carney called the focus on the issue an "obsession."

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168-w-31-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.)--Republican senators aren't happy with what they heard from U.N. Ambassasor Susan Rice. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (27 Nov 2012)

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169-c-23-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)-"consulate in Libya"-AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports the trio of Republicans came away from the session more troubled about what happened in libya than when they went into the meeting. (27 Nov 2012)

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170-a-03-(Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., with reporters after meeting with Ambassador Susan Rice)-"I was before"-Senator Lindsey Graham says the meeting didn't ease his concerns about Rice. ((cut used in wrap)) (27 Nov 2012)

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171-a-17-(Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., with reporters after meeting with Ambassador Susan Rice)-"not the case"-Senator John McCain says Ambassador Rice wasn't forthcoming about what happened. (27 Nov 2012)

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150-a-06-(Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., with reporters after meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice)-"the basic answers"-Senator Lindsey Graham says the meeting didn't resolve many questions. (27 Nov 2012)

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151-a-17-(Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., with reporters after meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice)-"people to date"-Senator Kelly Ayotte says Ambassador Rice admitted the attack was not prompted by the video as originally claimed. (27 Nov 2012)

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152-a-14-(Senator John McCain, R-Ariz.., with reporters after meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice)-"on our consulate"-Senator John McCain says the meeting didn't clear the air over what happened. (27 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DCSW102: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, center, flanked by fellow committee members, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, following a meeting with UN Ambassador Susan Rice. Rice met with lawmakers to discuss statements she made about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that left the ambassador and three other Americans dead. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (27 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO DCSA108: Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, center, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, for a closed-door meeting with UN Ambassador Susan Rice who could find her name in contention as early as this week to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Rice has been criticized by some GOP senators for her comments following the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (27 Nov 2012)

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