Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, right, joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., far left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., center, says he would do all he could to block the nomination of United Nations Amb. Susan Rice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because of comments she made after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, at a press conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. President Barack Obama later responded in a news conference saying Rice's critics should "go after me" — not her — if they have issues with the administration's handling of the deadly attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in the aftermath of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya and calling Republican criticism of her outrageous.
At a White House news conference Wednesday, Obama pushed back against GOP senators who said they would do whatever is necessary to scuttle Rice’s nomination if the president picks her to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The president said if Sen. John McCain wants to go after someone, he should challenge the president, not Rice.
McCain told reporters earlier Wednesday that he would do all he could to block a Rice nomination.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said he didn’t trust Rice.