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Susan Collins said she can’t yet support Susan Rice for secretary of state

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Sen. Susan Collins at the investiture ceremony for new district judge Nancy Torrensen on May 3, 2012 in Portland.
By Patricia Zengerle, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Sen. Susan Collins, after meeting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on Wednesday, said she could not support her for secretary of state without more information.

Other Republicans have threatened to block Rice’s nomination if President Barack Obama picks her to replace Hillary Clinton, which would require Senate confirmation. Votes from moderate Republicans such as Collins would be needed to overcome those procedural obstacles.

“I would need to have additional information before I could support her nomination,” Collins told reporters.

The Maine senator said she would support Democrat Sen. John Kerry for secretary of state.

“I think John Kerry would be an excellent appointment and will be easily confirmed by his colleagues,” she said.

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