Republicans up pressure on Obama over Rice
November 20th, 2012
06:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Republicans up pressure on Obama over Rice

(CNN) - Republicans this week increased pressure on President Barack Obama to drop any thought of nominating U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as secretary of state.

In a letter to Obama, 97 House Republicans questioned Rice's credibility "at home and around the world" after her "misleading" public statements about the origin of the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.


Filed under: 2012 • House Republicans • President Obama • Susan Rice
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  1. Brian

    POB, you need to follow through with the nomination not just because they are against it but because she is smart, experienced and severely qualified!

    November 20, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. labman57

    Republican leaders are so desperate to find something - anything - upon which to hang their "Obama should not have been reelected" hat that they are culling the tabloids and right wing conspiracy blog sites in search of kernels of scandal to serve as the basis for their faux outrage.

    Hence their headlong stumble into irrational accusations and indignant chest-thumping, sans sound evidence, against Ambassador Rice. And as we have seen numerous times, when reality conflicts with their hyperbolic rhetoric, they will almost always ignore reality.

    November 20, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Facts don't lie

    the GOP has gone after Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett, and now Susan Rice. I am starting to see a pattern here because all 3 of these people have something in common. They are all FORMALLY EDUCATED and very smart. Oh yeah they have been going after Obama too for the past 4 years. Is this just a coincidence or...............

    Let's get a good conspiracy theory going here folks.

    November 20, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. yasmine

    <> I hope President Obama does appoint her to Secretary of State...bring on the fight!

    November 20, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Rogue351

    Rice gave the information she was provided by United States Intelagants. Why has no one mentioned the embassy attacks that occurred why Bush was in office. Many more and a greater number of people killed ? Republicans, still on the attack when will you learn the American people want you to do your job and stop building road blocks. Try to compromise for a change !!!

    November 20, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. n

    The republican party and leadership need to just go away, far, far away and never show it's face in these parts again. They are so yesterday!

    November 20, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Just can't let it go and admit defeat. He is the POTUS, you people don't tell him what to do! Especially since your idiot followers keep calling him a dictator.

    November 20, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Frank

    Give it a break Republicans.... Obama already won.. This is not gonna change his Re-election... He is not running again.

    November 20, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Larry L

    As usual Republicans work only towards discrediting the Obama Administration – spending none of their time actually helping America. They got beat up in the 2012 election and will get eliminated from relevancy in the 2014 mid-term. Americans are sick to death of their conspiracies, distortions, lies and swift-boat fabrications. Republicans have caused us more harm than the the 9/11 terrorists.

    November 20, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. CBP

    These Republicans have such short memories. There were occasions during the Bush administration when members of the administration made statements that were wrong. Even Colin Powell had this problem. No one ever thought of blaming the messenger but instead blamed those in charge.

    Go back and look at footage of Sen. McCain and see what he has had to say over the years. He just changes the names and makes his statements. His anger has been misplaced before and yet he is leading the Republicans on this ridiculous charge.

    The Republicans need to look at their own history before they start talking. It may be time to start sending some statements out to the public that tells about that history.

    November 20, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The CIA gave her the public statements, and the worthless republicans are making this comparable to the Bush debacle on 9-11-2001 which cost over 3000 lives, an unnecessary war which cost 5000 lives and 50,000 wounded, and over 200 cases of domestic terrorism. Fox foreign owned media has taken control of the crazy right wingnuts.

    November 20, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    The letter said Ms Rice was widely viewed as being dishonest and incompetent.

    Isn't this how Americans view most members of the House?

    November 20, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Name J

    Republicans are just steamed over rice.

    November 20, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. BW

    Don't they have anything better to do? An absurd distraction.

    November 20, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Charles

    These yahoos are living in their own reality. Susan Rice used talking points prepared by the intelligence community why can't the republicans understand that they lost the election and spend their time doing something constructive to create jobs and move the country forward

    November 20, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It doesn't matter what the House members think. They don't confirm appointments. This only matters if they hold up legislation because of that. Doing something like that is counter to getting the people's business done.

    November 20, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Really GOP? She read a report that the CIA gave her. Where was all this outrage over Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Condolezza Rice's gross incompetency in the aftermath of 911??? This type of blatant over-politicizing of a tragic event that is still being investigated is not only petty and heartless, but also shows the deep disrespect the GOP has for our citizens and service members who were directly effected by the Benghazi incident. Shame on the GOP for this type of conduct, but with the type of individuals that are in the GOP and those who support them, is anyone really surprised?

    November 20, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. independentthinker12

    Pathetic McCain had dug so low of his career, he still carries bitterness from 2008 you can see it all over his face. Republicans allowed 911 happened on their watch, they allowed Condeleza Rice get on TV and lie to the American people about the "mushroom Cloud" and the fake "WMD". This lie caused additional 4500 American lives and millions of innocent Iraq's dead for nothing. Where the hell was McCain's outrage then? McCain is a die hard hypocrite. I lost all respect.

    November 20, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. CSH

    Bet that most signing this letter are southern Republicans that probably have poor civil rights records! The Republican House will not be in the majority after 2014 if they continue to behave like this!

    November 20, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Legalizereason

    You would think that these 97 House Republicans would be spending their valuable time trying to get this country back on track economically, rather than collectively stretching like Gumby trying to create a major issue where one does not exist. Get to work boys and girls! That's what you are allegedly paid for.

    November 20, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Thomas

    This is what the GOP is all about ..

    The didn't give much thought about GW Bush not finding WMDs in Iraq .

    There going after the wrong Rice.

    November 20, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Namejoe

    uh isnt it the senate's role to advise and consent to this nomination? the house should stick to getting us a
    a jobs bill, duh.

    November 20, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Name Sylvester

    Boy! I bet many of those same Repubs supported Condolessa Rice, even though her misstatements were horrendous and many innocent people were killed from that "mushroom cloud" lie.

    November 20, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |

    They just cannot get over it, can they? Give it a rest, GOPers. You are an obsolete party.

    November 20, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans Couldn’t win 2008 and 2012 so give hard time to president Obama. The fact is republicans hurting the nation economy growth
    People need jobs, we need a tax reform, and we need an immigration reform

    November 20, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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