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After sit-down with Rice, Collins voices some reservation

WASHINGTON — A moderate Republican senator, vital to any White House hopes of getting Ambassador Susan Rice confirmed as secretary of state, said Wednesday that she couldn’t back any nomination until more questions are answered about the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya and Rice’s State Department role during the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Kenya.

In a fresh suggestion of eroding GOP support for Rice, Senator Susan Collins of Maine emerged from a 90-minute, closed-door meeting with the US ambassador to the United Nations voicing new criticism of her initial account about Libya. Collins also questioned what Rice, the assistant secretary of state for African Affairs in the Clinton administration, knew about requests for enhanced embassy security before the Nairobi truck bombing.

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