Three top Republican senators are scheduled to meet Tuesday with Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, as Rice continues to be discussed as one of the top candidates to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when Clinton steps down next year.

Rice, after facing intense Republican scrutiny and criticism for her initial comments on the deadly attack in September on a U.S. consulate in Libya, is expected to meet with Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

McCain and Ayotte told Fox News that Rice had requested the meeting.

Ayotte said she isn’t sure if the discussion will stick to Libya, but she thinks this could help her reassess her reservations about Rice as President Obama’s potential secretary of state nominee.

Acting CIA Director Michael Morell will accompany Rice in the meeting.

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