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. Mike

    Scapegoat by idiot Republicans who would rather go after her and her alleged communication snafu, than after Clinton and Obama actual failure to provide security in Benghazi.

    December 13, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    THis is great news!

    December 13, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. open400

    Bad timing. Could have procrastinated and waited until after the fiscal cliff crisis was resolved. Hands the GOP a victory and will encourage the Tea Party. Have to wonder if this may have been discussed in private with Boehner. John Kerry is the likely canidate, but the GOP wants Scott Brown back in the Senate ffrom.
    Did the Democrats chase after "Candy" Rice's huge blunder about nukes in Iraq?

    December 13, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. mmiller85

    Missed opportunity for Obama. He could have shown he's willing to compromise by withdrawing her name. Instead he dug in his heels. All for naught since she's not interested in the job.

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. eddhur

    get sarah palin

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. USAPeasant

    Oh great, now that buffoon Kerry is going to be Sec. of State. Come on, there has to be someone better han Kerry, and by that I mean just about anyone. There's a reason a dimwit like George W. Bush can win a second term, that reason is John Kerry. Please keep Kerry far far away.

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Erick

    Rice is the best. I know McCain is wrong. He has been playing politically. GOP has a lot of problem. I found out that Poll has showed that was negative for GOP. No wonder they supports wealthy people

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. edpeters101

    That's too bad, as she is surely one of this countries premiere public servants. Although I have in the past respected John McCain, I can no longer do so and hope he will take his old man mind and go home!

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. John

    He has pleanty of people that will lie for him...No loss

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. regertz

    This stinks. We are the losers of the services of a brilliant and talented public official for petty political crap.

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. lolo

    I tell you those old GOP men are really a trip. Wonder when they are bringing Cheney and Bush up for war crimes? They surely did not raise a ruckus on that. It does not matter anyway, because come 2014 they will be voted out like you swat a fly.

    December 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Abbot

    Liberals blame the GOP and not Obama for instructing her to lie and thus undermining her credibility?? We are indeed living in strange times. Scary.

    December 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. TptLead

    How do you withdraw your name for something for which you were never nominated?

    December 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. rich

    Let's hope it is not John Kerry. He would be a GREAT one, but the only reason the republicotea bag party want him is to open up the Senate seat in MA. They are hoping that they could get Brown elected in a special election. With a little luck they would be suprised on this too.

    December 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. malick

    I hope you all republicans are happy now. but never forget you guys have a lot to do with your conservative policy in 21 century.

    December 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. San Juaninos

    About time!

    December 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. RapidOne

    Republicans are garbage.

    December 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Thinkergal

    Darn, she would have been great! Hope those poopy-heads McCain and Graham are proud of themselves. They have deprived the country of an intelligent and committed public servant. Hope she stays as U N ambassador.

    December 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Lance D.

    As expected - now for step 2: enter John Kerry - the GOP believes he would be an "excellent choice" - confirmation hearings under oath - not as committee chair - did Obama just say, "come get me - let's bring it on?" (wink)

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Pinewalker

    "For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant.".... Too bad he or his staff didn't run that through their brains before putting his campaign before her reputation. I feel bad for her but that's how the sleezeball game goes in Washington (on both sides of the aisle)

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. TheBigSarge

    great! now the only choice we have is that traitor-minded kerry, who lied about throwing his medals away and who submitted himself for his own Purple Heart Medal.

    -TheBigSarge

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. jinx88

    Now maybe the Repuges can down to serious business like when is the next time its gonna rain. These Repugs are just buying time until they the lose the house in 2014.

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. BigTBone

    The conspiracy nuts won't be happy until they have an admission from Obama that he led the attack personally in Benghazi.

    Maybe OKeefe can fake a night vision video that shows him outside the facility with an RPG?

    Cons suck, GOP sucks, TP sucks. Clean em out in 14 and 16.

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Joe

    Blame it on Bush

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Dianna

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

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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