Bush administration remain confident in UN choice
WASHINGTON A showdown vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington is planned for today on President Bush's UN ambassador nominee.Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee is considered a key vote in the battle over John Bolton's confirmation.
Critics are painting Bolton as a hothead who dressed down junior bureaucrats and withheld information from his superiors.
But the Bush administration says the complaints against Bolton are trifling.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is still confident Bolton will make a good representative for the US.
Boucher also is dismissing the latest published accusations that Bolton kept important information on Iran from Rice, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.