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Moderate GOP senator expresses concerns about Rice

UN Ambassador Susan Rice arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, with Sen. Susan Collins, R- Maine and Sen. Corker, R-Tenn., to discuss the Benghazi terrorist attack. Rice continued her fight Wednesday to win over skeptics in the Senate who could block her chances at becoming the next U.S. 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. 11 deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — A moderate Republican senator says she needs more information about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice before she could support her if President Barack Obama taps her for secretary of state.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine met for some 95 minutes with Rice Wednesday morning to discuss the ambassador’s initial account of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on Sept. 11.

Collins told reporters she has many lingering questions that remain unanswered.

Collins stopped short of saying she would try to block a nomination as some GOP senators have suggested.

She made clear that if Obama chooses Democratic Sen. John Kerry instead of Rice that he would have an easy path to confirmation.

— Associated Press