December 13th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
2 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. pattianne

    I read several articles stating that Susa Rice had a lot of "baggage" with her current position and that was going to be the problem with her confirmation. It is amazing how derogatory people are about McCain. I don't agree with a lot that he does, but he is not a loser. Go back and actually read about the man and his horrible time in a Vietnamese Prison during the Vietnam War. Everything falls back on being a War on Blacks and Women. How about a War on disagreeing with someone's politics. I also believe that Senator McCain has an adopted black child and he has a right to disagree with a woman and it not be called a War on Women. Hopefully, women will see that when you fall back to a "War on Women or Blacks" you don't have anything else to attack a person with except that.

    December 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Joi Gibson

    John McCain and Lindsey Graham should withdraw from the U. S. Senate. Shame on them – and quite frankly, if they were oh so concerned to begin with, then why not question the head of the intelligence agency which put out the talking points; apparently Ambassador Rice was an easy target; anything to try to make the President look bad.

    December 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Ann

    This is GOP revenge for them losing the election. They are like spoiled little children with a double-standard who whine and complain when they don't get what they want, and I'm sick and tired of it. All they do is blame, blame blame; they blamed the Democrats regarding the voter fraud issue to keep minorities from voting, when it was shown in a news story that a GOP operative had thrown voter registrations in the t rash. They attacked and blamed Obama for whatever they could find, then when he won despite that, they attacked and misrepresented the people who voted for him as being dependent on government which is a lie. Even that crazy-ass Ann Coulter has said "the election is over...move on". If they can't get Obama, they are attacking Ms. Rice. Too bad; I wish she had hung in there, but she probably said, "To hell with you all.".

    December 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. cog in the wheel

    Too bad for her–she seems like a level-headed person who might have made a good Secretary of State. Politically, she was caught in the wrong place, wrong time....if not for the terrorist attack in Benghazi she likely would have been nominated and approved. So, I guess the terrorists won that one, heh GOP?

    From a "big picture" point-of-view, I think Mr. Kerry would also be a fine choice, if Pres. Obama chooses to offer him the post.

    December 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Connie Ehrke

    What a shame that certain Republicans can be so hateful and nasty! Satisfied McCain????? So whoever is submitted I'm sure they – Republicans – will find something wrong with that person too, no matter what! What a pitiful group!!

    December 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Canadiandude

    Terrible news! This is a wonderful lady

    December 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Blaster34

    Good riddance to this political hack!

    December 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Bill C

    People died. Obama lied. Wake up folks.

    December 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Justin

    The wise thing to do.

    December 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Anonamus

    Just another obstacle placed in the way of our government by anti American politicians, and they know who they

    December 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. California Gary

    I like the suggestion to bring Colin Powell back in as Secretary of State. Not only would he do an excellent job (since he would be working for a president with integrity this time), it would drive the GOP nuts. I think it would push poor John McCain right over the edge.

    December 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Nate

    Oh well. If she couldn't handle the Benghazi aftermath she surely can't handle the job. Moving on.

    December 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Greenspam

    Another Republican victory!

    December 13, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Gresha

    Now Its your turn McCain. Do the right thing and withdraw your name from your senate seat since you are no longer serving your country in neither a dignified nor effective manner. You are living on the fumes of a reputation that once was. Maverick? Please...bitter, shameless, grumpy, old, hypocrite.

    December 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Jim

    She had not been nominated for Secretary of State as Hilary is still in office. I guess there had been an informal understanding that she was first in line for the post when Hilary resigned. I have no idea what the merits of such an appointment were, although her work as our UN ambassador seems to have met with approbation. If the Obama administration really had intended to nominate her they have nobody but themselves to blame for her withdrawal of her name. She became the soldier who had to fall on her sword to buy time for the administration during the run up to the elections.

    December 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. brian

    nominate adolf and the gop will approve him quicker than you can say Hezbollah

    December 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. n222s

    Racism is at the core of the criticism. After all, the Republicans would never let an African American woman be secretary of state. Never in a....wait....Condoleeza Rice was African American, Republican and Secretary of State? McCain and Graham voted for her in this role? Nevermind.

    December 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. Francisco Decastro

    The Republican Party needs a wake up call. They have a Civil War within each other that causes personal problems to your own colegues. She did NOT do anything she was not told to. Plain and Simple.

    December 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Cheryl

    Well it's not as if she's going anywhere. The president will find another important position for her where she can make a significant contribution, and John Kerry will do nicely as Secretary of State. Whoever becomes Secretary of State, he/she will continue the Obama administration's agenda.

    December 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. jim

    Was she even in the running. never announced? Her names mud anyway. See what you get for shooting off your mouth, ha. Fool.

    December 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Dustin.Goldsen@yahoo.com

    So this clears the way for (D)John Kerry of Massachusetts as Secretary of State giving (R) Scott Brown another shot at the Senate. If they pick up a few more votes and get the majority then senior Senators like Lindsey Grahman, John McCain and Susan Collins will get plumb jobs as chairmen of committees. That comes with all the perks of a larger staff, more influence, etc.

    And that of course is the real reason for this nonsense. Why else try to blame Susan Rice for causing a problem when she was not involved until after the fact.

    December 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Ian

    One of the smartest and best qualified candidates for the job and the right wingnuts force her to withdraw. Where were you wingnuts when both Bush and Chaney wanted to be president?

    December 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. hommie12

    What bothers me is that she and her husband have significant investments in Canadian oil companies. Conflict of interest to me.

    December 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. JakeF

    So... who do you clowns want now that Rice isn't going to be Secretary of State?

    C'mon, all you do is complain. Now throw some names out there.

    December 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Sumsanity

    Thia has nothing to with color and everything to do with the content of her character. A liar is not black or white or purole with orange polka dots. A liar is just a liar. Now we need to find out who told her to lie and why.

    December 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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