Lahore – US Senator John McCain leading the fight against Susan Rice as the new secretary of State softened his opposition and said he was open to hearing her explain why she declared the burning of the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was part of a protest rather than a terrorist attack.“I’d give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took,” the senator said on a TV show. “I’d be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her.”McCain's remarks were in contrast to his previous stance that Rice wasn't qualified to replace Clinton, and that he would do "whatever is necessary" to block Rice's possible nomination.Senator Lindsey Graham, a vocal critic of how the administration handled fallout from the Benghazi attack, said President Obama more than Rice is responsible for her television comments claiming the Libyan attack was a spontaneous eruption from protesters angry over an anti-Islam video.“I blame the president above all others,” Graham said on a TV program – indicating he is more upset with Obama than Rice.But if Obama sends Rice's nomination to the Senate for confirmation as secretary of State, Graham said, “There will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others.”Rice, currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been highly praised by Obama for her leadership in his first term, and his White House has signaled that the president is considering her to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.