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Susan Rice withdraws name from contention for secretary of state

By Ben Feller and Julie Pace

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:35 p.m. HST, Dec 13, 2012


WASHINGTON » Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state today after an ugly standoff with Republican senators who declared they would vigorously oppose her nomination.

The move elevates Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as the likely choice to be the nation's next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs soon.

President Barack Obama accepted Rice's decision with a shot at Republicans.

"While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character," he said.

Rice had become the public face of the tangled administration description of what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year when four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in what is now known to have been a terrorist attack.

Rice withdrew her name in a letter to the president, saying she was convinced the confirmation process would be "lengthy, disruptive and costly — to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities."

"That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country," Rice said.






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AhiPoke wrote:
"Obama accepted her decision while praising Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as “an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant.”" He probably should have added that she was a dedicated aide willing to take a bullet for him.
on December 13,2012 | 10:47AM
OldDiver wrote:
Obama should change the direction of the State Department and nominate incompetent. John McCain or Sarah Palin comes to mind.
on December 13,2012 | 11:09AM
hawaiikone wrote:
perhaps you...
on December 13,2012 | 12:46PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Wise move - she wasn't up to the caliber person this nation needs.
on December 13,2012 | 11:26AM
false wrote:
I'll only believe if someone else is confirmed as Secretary of State. Remember Obama said at one point Obamacare is off the table, and when no one was looking he rammed it through. You can't trust these politicians.
on December 13,2012 | 11:41AM
bsdetection wrote:
You may not have been looking, but there was a lengthy negotiation process which ended when Congress passed Obamacare. What was rammed through was the Republican Medicare drug benefit which was rammed through the Senate, in violation of Senate rules. This completely unfunded $Trillion dollar benefit was rammed through by Paul Ryan and his fellow "deficit hawks". These "budget hawks" made sure that law prohibited the government from negotiating better prices with the drug companies!
on December 13,2012 | 01:45PM
bsdetection wrote:
Three questions: 1. Did John McCain pull his knife out of Rice's back before or after he "wished her well"? 2. Shouldn't John McCain recuse himself from ever questioning whether someone's "temperament" disqualifies them for a job? 3. Shouldn't picking Sarah Palin as a VP candidate forever disqualify McCain from judging anyone's qualifications?
on December 13,2012 | 11:50AM
browniegirl wrote:
thanks. This was pretty funny! But - three good questions!
on December 13,2012 | 01:49PM
TMJ wrote:
The Obama administration can breathe a sigh of relief as Rice won't have to explain who knew what when and who directed her to mislead the American people in regard to Benghazi on 9/11. Now the media can go on like Benghazi never happened...
on December 13,2012 | 11:58AM
bsdetection wrote:
You're living in a world of Fox News manufactured fake outrage. As the Director of Intelligence explained, the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies deleted references to a terrorist attack from the talking points that were given to Susan Rice. Why would they do this? It might have to do with catching the people responsible. But then actually catching terrorists isn't a Republican specialty. Remember that the Bush administration chickened out and didn't pursue Osama into the Tora Bora Mountains; that's the point where we started losing the war in Afghanistan.
on December 13,2012 | 01:52PM
nontaister1 wrote:
This story is being written out by Barry....
on December 13,2012 | 12:09PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Hmmm. Since the Republicans were dead set against her, maybe the Dems figure they'll give them Rice in exchange for not going over the fiscal cliff.
on December 13,2012 | 01:24PM
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