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President Obama: Susan Rice is 'Extraordinary'

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Wednesday defended United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice against criticism from Senate Republicans, saying she is “extraordinary.”

Speaking during a brief photo-op with reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting, the president was asked if Rice is being treated unfairly by lawmakers who say they have lingering questions about her comments following the September terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

“Susan Rice is extraordinary,” Obama responded, with Rice just a few seats away at the other end of the table. “I couldn’t be prouder of the job she’s done.”

Rice, who is believed to be a top contender for secretary of state, continues to face opposition from Republicans, even after she spent two days in meetings on Capitol Hill trying to assuage their concerns.

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