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Susan Rice Doesn't Regret Benghazi Interviews

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Republicans turned Rice, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, into a scapegoat for the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack after it was later revealed that her talking points on the Sunday shows, which were prepared by the CIA, were incorrect. Rice withdrew from consideration for the secretary of state position amid the criticism.

Asked by "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl why then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't do the interviews, Rice said she had gone through an "an incredibly painful and stressful week" that involved contacting the families of the four Americans who were killed in the attacks and greeting the bodies upon their arrival to the United States. 

"So when the White House asked me, I agreed to do it," Rice said.

"Do you ever think 'Gee, I wish I hadn't done that?" Stahl asked. "If you hadn't done that, I'd be calling you Madam Secretary." 

"Well, you can call me Susan," Rice responded.

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