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Susan Rice made Benghazi comments while filling in for Clinton

WASHINGTON — Susan E. Rice was playing stand-in on Sept. 16 when she appeared on all five Sunday news programs, a few days after the deadly ­attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would have been the White House’s logical choice to discuss the chaotic events. But administration officials said she was drained after a week consoling the families of those who died, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. And Clinton steers clear of the Sunday shows anyway.

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