December 13th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as secretary of state

(CNN) - Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who drew heavy criticism from Republicans over her statements after the September attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission, withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state on Thursday.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, she said "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."


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  1. Leroy

    John McCain should be the last person in the world to question someone's competency. Wasn't he the one that gave us Sarah Palin, someone who has the IQ of a box of rocks. His judgement of a person's character and leadership skills and ability should be forever questioned. If he saw leadership in Palin, he probably believes in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. This whole process was political lead by a party that was soundly defeated in the last election and is trying to remain relevant by looking for any issue they can. I hope that in the next election cycle we can finally drive the nails fully into their coffins.

    December 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Ungaree

    Good, She was too weak to do the job anyway. The Dems will say its the war on women, yet they never support Republican Women. If you disagree with anything the Dems say or do you are a (Fill In the Blank)aphob.
    Ms. Rice was a poor choice and many are glad she is off the list. Let be real, she had done Nothing in her UN post.
    Kerry will be a good choice.

    December 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. GuyinVA

    "lengthy, disruptive, and costly..." and under oath.

    December 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. winding

    Hey let's not make this about politics....oh wait...never mind.

    December 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. what?

    Seriously? Politics has gotten so warped that a candidate cannot be considered fairly? You have a bone to pick, pick it with the person you have it with, not make someone else who has nothing to do with suffer for it. Yea, Obama messed up Benghazi horribly, but that isn't her fault.

    December 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. DENNA

    @DB – spoken like a true libtard! John Kerry isn't a good choice for anything! The man's an embarassment. Talk about tax evasion but, since he's another libtard, its ok with you people.
    ahahahaha! Didn't you know, libtards are all the fashion this time around? LOL I'll just bet you spit nails when President Obama was elected. Really, how would you know John Kerry isn't a good choice? GOP/Tea Tards aren't exactly highly respected for their ability to think right now. hahahahaa! 🙂

    December 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. calbikerman

    How very sad..The baying right wing dogs win... no matter how much I am disgusted by the Dems policies of protectiing the pensions of public sector workers who can cash out and retire way too young, or their policy of giving sanctuary to criminal illegals like they do here in LA and San Francisco l am even more disgusted with the Republican mob mentality when it comes to certain Susan Rice....who said something she was told to say.. or the Republican lock step with the NRA... when I have to choose sides...I hold my nose and go w the Dems....

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. BostonSteve

    Does that mean the donkey John Jerry is in? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. EJB

    After seeing the movie Lincoln , I can only surmise this was part of a closed door agreement to get some Republican votes to address the fiscal cliff.

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. jbrasca

    way to go McCain, you are a goon

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Lance D.

    President Obama knows how to pressure CNN into releasinge Amb. Steven's personal journal to State Department before Hillary Clinton testifies under oath to Congress - Obama and Patrick know things about CNN personnel not good for public knowledge and ratings - State Department will get that journal from CNN by end of next week.

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Taner


    A war-monger advocating and supporting Israeli crimes against Palestinians and Arabs, and dismissing Palestine's right to dignity and freedom does not deserve the seat of US Secretary of State!

    US Secretary of State is supposed to be the face of USA to the World, not the face of Israel, which demonizes Arabs and Muslims.

    Susan Rice, you ARE the weakest link. Goodbye!

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Mtm

    This shows she is weak to hold the post... She gave the repubs just what they wanted.She needs to step down from her post as un amb. as well.

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. wolfpackbob

    Susan Rice clearly did not want to answer, under the bright lights, the Benghazi murder questions that are still unanswered. She would have made a great and loyal no-snitch Chicago machine politician. She took the bullet for Obama and Hillary. Wonder if Hillary will include answers to the Benghazi murders in her new book? Will anyone ever stand up and explain and take the heat for enabling those Benghazi murders to take place?

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Me 3

    McCain is the one who needs to go. He has pulled the Viet Nam POW card too many times. I am sorry he spent time in a prison, but how did this ever make him an expert on foreign affairs? If he is going after Susan Rice over her judgement on Libya, let's look at his. Here is a guy who would have sent ground troops into Libya to die. Here is a guy that never met a war he did not like. Here is a guy who thinks that Bomb Bomp Bomb Iran is funny. Here is the guy that unleashed Sarah Palin on the world. Who is he to question anhyone's judgement?

    December 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. zandhcats

    I value life, but Benghazi is only one of the political games played by the Republicans,visa versa if we've a republican president. How many facts we know from the government? Which adm doesn't make any mistake? Name one,anyone?

    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. about time..she lied on libya to help his election


    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Mona

    I do hope Mc Cain & his lap puppy are satisfied now! All I have to say is "what goes around comes around" & while
    I'm not a vindictive person, I sure would love to see how they are repaid in kind!

    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. cnn loudmouth

    "The attack in Libya was the result of a 'spontaneous' demonstration spun out of control." Susan Rice

    "We have amassed intelligence that Iraq possess weapons of mass destruction." U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell

    The GOP lie about WMD in comparison to Susan Rice's lie, if any, is a real whopper. Shameful.

    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Tom

    If you can't handle the pressure
    you don'[t need the job

    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Jane

    WOW....this is the SAME McCain that pick Palin for his running mate.....RETHUBS never cease to amaze me!

    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Huntsmaniac

    There's a Secretary of State selection President Obama could make where everyone wins:

    1.) A person with significant international experience as a former Ambassador to a country with profound international consequence.
    2.) A person familiar with the complexities of international trade and commerce.
    3.) Executive experience as a highly successful former governor of a Red State
    4.) A clear propensity toward the politics of inclusion and compromise and non-partisan positive ACTION.
    5.) An ability to see and respect multiple sides to most issues an absolute neccessity for a Secretary of State.
    6.) An articulate, calm and mature demeanor possessing multi-cultural awareness and sensitivies.

    Also the President would appear to be reaching across the aisle for this Republican, and there is another strategic political reason for President Obama to appoint this man in that by taking him off the the political "street" the President would be neutralizing the only "grown-up" and truly smart person the Republicans have on the national stage AND he'd make a damn good Secretary of State:


    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Lance D.

    Enter John Kerry please (wink)

    December 13, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Justice is served

    Perfect example of what it is like to work for a dictator (Obama) Totally throws her under the bus to not disturb his election, tells her what to say and then bu bye, no longer needed

    Anyone who cant see through this guy and the rest of washington is just a lemming

    December 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. nc_mike

    Pay back time – go over the cliff

    December 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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