December 13th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
1 year 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. the_dude

    Well if she wanted to be secretary of state she should have known better than to be a mouthpiece for a lying, corrupt administration. She should have had the integrity to know she was lying and would be called on it. I am sure ofailure will reward her with some other high profile govt job to compensate for lying for him.

    December 13, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Emile_Mervin

    Shame of John McCain and Lindsay Graham for going after Susan Rice over Benghazi when all she was doing was updating Americans on what the CIA told her. But even if she deliberately did not state it was a terrorist attack, how does that not make it a terrorist attack? Have McCain and Graham ever put aside their stinking hate and thought for a moment that if she said it was a terrorist attack that other terrorist groups might copy-cat what happened in Benghazi? If anything, Ms. Rice probably saved the lives of many more US members of the diplomatic community in the region by not saying itwas a terrorist atack, but don't tell this to McCain and Graham, who obviously are spent political forces that need to naturally expire from politics. Then again, as someone else said, the Republicans probably don't want another Black Rice as Secretary of State! Obama is really giving the Republican Te Party belly running an migrane headaches.

    December 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. plain&simple

    Now what will McCain do? Nothing....that's as good as it gets with him!!

    December 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Donald in CA

    John mccain should have been left in that prison camp.

    December 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. the_dude

    Harvard professor / UN ambassador hardly qualify you for anything in the real world.

    December 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Jeff

    So many comments here drip with the type of ignorance that comes from blind partisanship. As a registered Republican, I was angered by how Democratic Senators treated Judge Bork during his nomination process, and I will now speak out just as forcefully against small-minded, frightened, inept Republicans who have treated this bright, highly qualified patriot in the same manner.

    If you wish to critique, then at least take the time to learn the facts. The Libyan Ambassador was not killed at a U.S. Embassy complex. He was not even killed at a regular consulate building. He was killed at a makeshift, temporary outpost. Second, in the fog of war, and given the CIA's ongoing fact gathering, both the President and Susan Rice did the prudent thing in their initial announcements - and the CIA has rightfully defended her. But the Republicans who opposed her nomination know all of this, and they also know that none of them would have performed any better. But that, apparently, is beside the point, as is filling the Sec State job with the most qualified person.

    December 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. VEW2012

    What a shame...that the morons on the right won. Susan Rice is not only smart: valedictorian Phi Beta Kappa Stanford; (a Rhodes Scholar); Oxford PhD; Secretary at the U.N. Plus, many other positions...and all due to a Senator who couldn't graduate West Point higher than 6th from the bottom of his class.

    December 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. sevin

    What a loss. And the Republicans will call this a victory. No wonder they keep losing members.

    December 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Bill

    I remember Clarence Thomas getting put through the ringer by liberals over everything up to and including the conveniently leaked Anita Hill accusation.

    This behavior is not isolated to one side or the other.

    Btw, JV, insulting people because they insulted you by calling them childish? Pathetic. Simply, pathetic.

    Besides, I'm rubber and you're glue! So suck it kid!

    December 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Amadea

    To JV: I find it hilarious that the woman who could have been Secretary of State is so blind to what is actually happening in the world! Almost every point she makes in her resignation letter to the President is not only untrue, but laughably so. IE: That she is proud that Obama's efforts on the world stage have kept Americans abroad safe, in lands such as Libya ... HELLO????? IE That the US's stature has been restored in the world. Really? Like Morsi of Egypt, who was practically kowtowed to and exalted by the US for 'brokering' a ceasfire between Israel and Hama (Gaza), who then turned right around and voted himself unprecedented presidential powers. This administration is living in a LaLa Land and those who voted it back in are right there with them, smoking their pot and imagining that they're all actually doing something wonderful for America.

    December 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Citizen

    Now the horrible Republicans have run off a well qualified good woman for the post of the secretary of State. What a disgrace to them. Those Republicans are so divisive and corrosive to anybody who is not exactly like them

    December 13, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Jeff Cox

    Probably part of the backroom negotiations w/Boehner – give the Republicans something in exchange for getting some movement on the sequestration issue.

    Just freaking get it done!!!!!!!!!! (Can I add another exclamation point?!?)

    December 13, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. ArizonaYankee

    Another unqualified Obama buddy, down the tubes. It is a disaster that this freeloading dimwit Obama even got reelected. But we will pay for it big time over the next 4 years. The country will NOT recover from him and his socialist democrats....

    December 13, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Emile_Mervin

    Shame on John McCain and Lindsay Graham for going after Susan Rice over Benghazi when all she was doing was updating Americans on what the CIA told her. But even if she deliberately did not state it was a terrorist attack, how does that not make it a terrorist attack? Have McCain and Graham ever put aside their stinking hate and thought for a moment that if she said it was a terrorist attack that other terrorist groups might copy-cat what happened in Benghazi? If anything, Ms. Rice probably saved the lives of many more US members of the diplomatic community in the region by not saying itwas a terrorist atack, but don't tell this to McCain and Graham, who obviously are spent political forces that need to naturally expire from politics. Then again, as someone else said, the Republicans probably don't want another Black Rice as Secretary of State! Obama is really giving the Republican Tea Party belly running an migrane headaches.

    December 13, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Even though I am a independent who leans democrat... I agree 100% with BigTBone ... Jon Huntsman would be perfect for this role!!

    Perfect until he wants to run for president again, and then comes the backstabbing. I think the president has learned he can't be trusted and will avoid him this time around.

    December 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. mabear87

    who are these idiots in Congress. Are they embarrassed that thtis woman is smarter than any three of them combined? Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnel would be lucy to pas a senior high school test in California. Obviously, they could pass tsts in illiterate states like southern virginia and kentuckyl Is McConnell a memeber of the KKK?, He cerainly acts like one. In fact he may be the grand general.

    December 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. jimm1bobb

    DB – what exactly is a "libtard". I assume you are incorporating the word, "retard", into some sort of insult here. As the grandfather of two autistic boys, I can tell you that it is extremely hurtful to have the word, "retard", used as some sort of insult or in any derogatory way.

    Please don'r demean a major portion of our population through the use of this word. It's OK to be factual when defining a condition or illness. It's not OK to throw the term around in a hurtful and offhanded way.

    December 13, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Kelby in Houston, TX

    after all the Republicans have done, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BACK DOWN TO THEM

    December 13, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. DirtyHeat

    Well this is what happens when you do everything you are asked and are a "good soldier" for the Obama administration. Barry shows his true colors and kicks you to the curb.

    After all the big picture was him winning re-election, who cares who's careers he ruins on the way as long as he isnt the one being blamed.

    December 13, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. optimistmiser

    Rice made the right decision to withdraw.

    December 13, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. LibertyQueen

    As usual, the republican thugs, especially that sniveling mccain, act like a bunch of schoolyard bullies and f-tards because they lost the election... losers all the way!

    December 13, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. PJ

    So, McCain thinks he got his revenge.
    Ayotte thinks she has earned her place in the "three stooges" clown car, (replacing Lieberman)
    and Graham is still a jerk. Think again, they only look weaker and more desperate.
    They can't possibly be proud of humiliating a person before she is even nominated. If they had a legitimate
    argument against her, that should be done at hearings, if she was nominated. But, being the vengeful, pathetic, little people that they are, they couldn't wait.
    What goes around.......................

    December 13, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    "Conservative pressure wins out once again!"

    Quite proud of yourself for going after a woman that did nothing to deserve the public ill treatment she got from McCain and folks such as yourself, aren't you? Let me be the first to remind you that Susan Rice came out the winner in this McCain-made fiasco by holding her head high and dismissing his rantings for what they are - too destructive to America to allowed to be continued.

    December 13, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Give Me A Break

    Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi. Who cares!!! People die overseas all day, everyday. Cover up? Sounds like miscommunication to me. You wont get the story because there is no story. Typical government phone lines getting mixed up. Whisper down the lane BS! Why do we feel we need to know all government operations the moment it happens. This internet news generation is media hungry. If you want things to change do it yourself, stop pointing fingers at the messenger.

    December 13, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. NavaJohn

    Thanks conservatives. You're a real piece of work. Anything the president tries to do to move this country forward gets clobbered. I know she removed herself from being a candidate, but your promises of obstruction over this is the reason. Crap, politics is SO broken in this country.

    December 13, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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