Senate Panel Questions Rice on Iraq

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U.S. Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice sits before her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 18. Reuters hide caption

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Senators Question Rice

Hear extended clips of exchanges from Tuesday's hearing.

Listen: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Listen: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)

Listen: Sen. Charles Hagel (R-NE)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds its first day of confirmation hearings on Condoleezza Rice's nomination as secretary of state. Rice, currently President Bush's national security adviser, faced critical questioning on the administration's approach to the war on Iraq.

The mood became contentious when Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) pressed Rice on her involvement in making the case for Iraq, suggesting that Rice had let loyalty to the administration's objectives cloud her judgment. Rice bristled at the notion, accusing Boxer of "impugning my integrity."

Rice also testified on her personal background and promised to strengthen America's ties with its allies if she is confirmed. The Senate will resume its hearing for a second day Wednesday.

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