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McCaul Blasts Power Pick for U.N. Ambassador

'You want an U.N. ambassador that's going to advocate for the United States, not apologize for the United States'

• June 5, 2013 4:44 pm

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Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas) blasted President Obama's nomination of Samantha Power to the United Nations Wednesday on CNN.

McCaul said Power's "horrible rhetoric" concerning U.S. foreign policy over the course of her career illustrates she is not the kind of advocate the United States should have at the U.N.:

JAKE TAPPER: Do you think, this is my last question for you because we're running out of time, but do you think Samantha Power will become kind of a proxy battle about Susan Rice or are there opposition — is there reason to oppose Power in and of herself that you're hearing from your fellow Republicans in the senate?

MICHAEL MCCAUL: Well I think we'll be talking about both of them, but I think Mrs. Power, the opposition will stand on its own in terms of her — you know, you want an U.N. ambassador that's going to advocate for the United States, not apologize for the United States. She's compared our recent American foreign policy to those of the Nazis. This is a horrible rhetoric. It's not the kind of messenger I want to be sent to the United Nations to speak on behalf of the United States. So we have some serious problems with this nomination.

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