Susan Rice opposition
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) speaks to reporters after meeting with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, on Capitol Hill November 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. McCain said he was more troubled with the answers he received during the meeting with Rice on statements she made regarding the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya than he was before the meeting was held. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Republican senators who have just met with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice say they are more troubled now over her initial explanations about the Sept. 11 raid in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador.

Rice met Tuesday behind closed doors with three of her harshest critics, Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte.

Ayotte said Rice told them that her comments on national television that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was triggered by a spontaneous demonstration were wrong. She made the comments five days after the raid based on intelligence information.

The lawmakers said the Obama administration still must answer questions about the attack.

Obama is considering Rice as a successor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to step down soon.

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