Rice to be joined by CIA director during meetings with lawmakers

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WASHINGTON - Acting CIA Director Michael Morell will accompany U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice when she visits key lawmakers.

The visits come as President Barack Obama decides who will succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

Rice is believed to be the top contender for the post despite questions from GOP critics about her comments about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya.

According to congressional aides and administration officials, Rice will be making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week for closed door meetings with Senators whose support she will need to be confirmed.

A senior Senate aide said the administration was trying to measure the strength of the Republican opposition to a Rice nomination, sounding out the more moderate members of the Foreign Relations Committee such as Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. He's in line to become the panel's top Republican next year.

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