McCain, who has said he would block her nomination if Rice tapped as Secretary of State, said on Sunday that he would give Rice a chance to explain what happened.

“I’d be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her,” he said on Fox News Sunday, adding, “I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position.”…

On Sunday, McCain backed off his critique, focusing more on the Obama administration and the failure to prevent the terrorist attack in the first place. “The problem is the president of the United States,” he said.

Although McCain struck a more conciliatory tone on Sunday, Graham continued his attack on Rice and the administration, saying he did not believe the intelligence officials who said they changed her talking points.