Meet the Press | December 02, 2012
>> before i let you go, i want to bring up susan rice . if she is nominated as secretary of state, you said she has proven to be more of a political operative . will you support her in the end if she is the nominee of the president?
>> i don't think she'll be nominated. but i have told people certainly i will give her a fair hearing. i do think that the underlying issue here is people have seen her far more as a political operative and not a principle. and i think that's what the white house is witnessing right now.
>> i think it's terribly unfair what has happened to susan rice . i do not understand for the life of me the talking points came from the intelligence community . yet you don't hear one criticism of david petraeus . it was his shop that produced the talking points that susan rice talked about, and she mentioned al qaeda in the interviews that sunday morning. and you go back to condi rice . i mean, really? is there a double standard here? it appears to most of us that there is, a very unfair one. this is a strong, smart, capable, accomplished woman. and i think that there is too many people over there that are looking for a scalp.
>> so you're saying that the president should take on this fight?
>> i don't know whether he should take on the fight or not. i know this. what has happened to susan rice is terribly unfair. if you really understand what went on, it is terribly unfair that she had be the scapegoat for this when really the failures ought to be at the last of the head of the intelligence community that produced those talking points , but none of the guys will say a word about david petraeus .
>> more to come on this, obviously. thank you both for being here very much.