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McCain has been an outspoken critic of Susan Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, after she went on Sunday talk shows and said that the attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appeared to be a spontaneous protest that was hijacked by extremists. Intelligence agencies later said it was most likely a planned assault by a militant group.

The White House says Rice was only following their talking points based on the best available intelligence at the time, but McCain and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill MORE (S.C.) have accused Rice of misleading the public.

Rice is rumored to be a top candidate to become Secretary of State when Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonLive coverage: Senate intel holds first public Russia hearing Podesta demands Daily Caller correct article on financial disclosures Dems on offense in gubernatorial races MORE steps down, but McCain and Graham have said they would oppose her nomination. 

McCain said on Sunday that he would "give all nominees the benefit of a hearing process."

But he added that Rice should go back on "Face the Nation" to explain that she gave the wrong information to the American people.

"That might be a beginning," McCain said.