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Collins' comments came following a 95 minute meeting with Rice on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning as Rice, who is believed to be Obama's top contender for the job, Vans Era White Black

"What troubles me so much is the Benghazi attack in many ways echoes the attacks on those embassies in 1998, when Susan Rice was head of the African region for our State Department.," Collins said. "In Vans American Flag both cases the ambassadors begged for additional security."

for a meeting with UN Ambassador Susan Rice. secretary of state, while Republican lawmakers said they were even more troubled after face to face meetings with her over the handling of the Sept. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: DCEV103(Photo: Evan Vucci AP)

On Wednesday, Collins didn't say she would try to block a nomination as some other GOP senators have.

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Collins added another wrinkle into the critique of Rice.

WASHINGTON President Obama defended potential Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice on Wednesday as she continued to face criticism from some Senate Republicans.

taps her to be his next secretary of state; Current Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to retire soon.

The president's comments came hours after a moderate Republican from Maine said that she continues to have lingering questions about comments Rice made following the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya.

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faces mounting Republican opposition. ambassador played what is essentially a political role," said Collins, referring to Rice's round of interviews on the Sunday talk shows days after the Sept. Consulate in Benghazi. Rice stated incorrectly in those interviews that the attack may have emerged from a protest outside the consulate in response to an anti Islam video.

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Sens. envoy to the post at State. post in January 2009, it was Collins who offered Rice's formal introduction to the committee and gave her an "enthusiastic" endorsement.

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'Susan Rice is extraordinary'

She added that Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would be an "excellent" choice for the position and would likely have an easy path to confirmation.

Syria surveillance flights beginSen. Susan Collins, R Maine, ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, Skechers High Tops Boys

Obama Cabinet members applauded the tribute to Rice.

Collins said that Rice told her "she would have to refresh her memory" of the 1998 events but that she was not directly involved in rebuffing the request for additional embassy security in 1998.

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"Susan Rice is extraordinary," Obama told reporters at the end of a brief photo opportunity before a Cabinet meeting. ambassador to the United Nations.

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