Corker: I Don’t Think Susan Rice Will Be Nominated

'The underlying issue here is that people have seen her far more as a political operative and not a principal'

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Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said Sunday he does not believe U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice will be nominated to succeed Sec. Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

“Will you support her in the end, if she’s nominated?” David Gregory asked Corker in the “Meet the Press” interview.

“I don’t think she’s going to be nominated,” Corker replied. “But I’ve told people, certainly, I’ll give her a fair hearing.”

“I do think the underlying issue here is that people have seen her far more as a political operative and not a principal, and I think that’s what the White House is witnessing right now,” Corker continued.

The Tennessee Senator was one of a handful of Senate Republicans to meet with Rice last week. Although Corker did not criticize Rice following meeting as his colleagues did, he said he had found “no heroes” in Washington and is “very disappointed in the entire apparatus” concerning the attack.

The “Meet the Press” interview–with Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.)–largely dealt with the fiscal cliff: