Tipton, Bennet mixed on Obama’s selection for security adviser
President Barack Obama’s nomination of Susan Rice to be his national security adviser draw sharp criticism from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and support from Colorado senators, both Democrats.
“I am disappointed by the president’s judgment in this appointment, which unfortunately circumvents any oversight as it does not require Senate confirmation.” Tipton said in a statement in which he noted that Rice in her role as ambassador to the United Nations “was at the forefront of misrepresenting” the attacks on the Benghazi, Libya, installation that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
That chapter is best set aside, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., said.
“We in Congress need to move beyond the politics of the tragic events in Benghazi and work with Ambassador Rice as she undertakes new challenges and responsibilities as the president’s national security adviser,” Udall, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that lauded Rice as “an accomplished public servant” who served the nation well as U.N. ambassador.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. said Rice is “well-suited to take the reins as the national security adviser. I am confident that she will continue to provide sound advice to the president and the administration on national security issues.”
Tipton is a cosponsor of a measure calling for a select committee to investigate the attack on the Benghazi consulate on September 11, 2012.