Groan.

Via The Hill:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice would have an opportunity to convince him to back her to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, days after the Arizona lawmaker pledged to block her possible nomination.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, McCain was asked to respond to a statement Rice made Wednesday, when the diplomat told reporters that while she respected the Arizona senator, “some of the statements he’s made about me have been unfounded, but I look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him.”

Rice has specifically objected to the notion that she deliberately misled the country in the immediate aftermath of the September terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, saying she simply relied on talking points provided by the intelligence community. McCain said Sunday Rice deserved “the benefit of explaining their position, and the actions they took.”