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. DB

    THANK GOD. Now the President has an easy decision...even though it should have been easy all along. I think the GOP's reaction to Benghazi has been utterly disgraceful and their treatment of Rice is an embarrassment...but she's still not the right choice for Sec'y of State. Kerry is clearly the right choice. I find it baffling that Obama needed any help coming to that conclusion. I certainly hope it's not because he's worried about who will get Kerry's seat in the Senate. I'm from Massachusetts and I love Kerry as my Senator, but who my state sends to the Senate is not and should not be the President's concern. He should worry about nominating the best candidate, and nothing else.

    Besides: the seat is relatively safe. The voters here learned their lesson with Brown, they're NOT going to let that happen again.

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Lee

    To Robert: The GOP was quite happy with the last black lady named Rice at the State Department. Calling someone incompetent is not racist. Picking someone who is not qualified to fill a position because of their race is.

    December 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Pete

    Why breaking news??? we knew this was going to happen...

    December 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. I ASK YOU

    All of you posters who feel that she "lied" to the American people: I want to know exactly how you protested when Bush/Cheney/Rice "Lied" about Iraq, causing over 160,000 deaths and wasting a trillion dollars. Where was your indignation then? Did you write letter to the editor? Did you call your congressmen? Protest in the streets?

    December 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Bob

    She stood with Obama to the end..... Her end.

    December 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. RillyKewl

    I am sickened by this nasty turn of events, manufactured by right wing media hyperbole.
    She would've made an amazingly qualified, resourceful Secy of State, given her credentials + experience.
    What a tragedy.

    December 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    well FINALLY I guess the far right can claim some sort of victory over Obama after all these losses. In a way I don't blame her because it really wasn't worth it.

    December 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    That's too bad. I would have stayed and get nominated just to be a pain in the side of mcnasty, ms lindsay and their beaten down congress wife ayotte.
    This Rice is more than qualified unlike the other rice of the shrub's administration who,really I'd knowing full well there were no WMDs sent hundreds, thousands of Americans and Iraqi cirizens tomtheir deaths!

    December 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. thmadm

    Did anyone get the number of that bus that Obama through her under?

    December 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. TonyK

    Anonymous: "This is great news!" Why, exactly? Because it embarrasses Obama? And Mike? Until the Reagan dabacle in Beirut in 1983 enters the conversation, along with the numerous deaths of State Dept personell during the Bush administration, and the House's REFUSAL to fund security at the embassies, don't even begin to discuss Obama and Benghazi.

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Judith

    Hallelujah!!! good riddance. Now if only Obama resigned from the presidency and saved us all from the whole process of impeaching him for the benghazi debacle.

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Lance D.

    Let's see Deval Patrick try for the Kerry-vacated Senate seat - the knowing Bay State and House GOP are all smiles

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Well, in that case, nominate Condi Rice.

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. DC Observer

    She was going to have to testify under oath at her confirmation hearings, and Obama di dnot want the truth to be told about his coverup and campaign ploy with her. It is Obama who pulled the plug on her --so he could save face

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Dave

    She is smarter than I thought she was.....

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Michele

    I think its terrible that John McCain and his cronies berated this woman until she finally withdrew. They put all the blame for the terrible embassy situation solely on her. Mcain never did get over loosing to Obama and he'd find fault with his own mother.

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Ryan

    Good riddance!

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Peter

    McCain picked and praised Palin. McCain picked on and defamed Rice. McCain has consistently shown extremely poor judgement time and again. He is a very poor judge of character. McCain is old and senile.

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Triple

    Way for McCain to prove that he is still relevant

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Bishar

    Why Mss Rice withdraws from secretary of State consideration? I think she feels republicans don't like her because of race, which is actually true, but me personally I don't want her for that position because of her short experience in that category. I think someone like John Kerry would an awesome choice!

    December 13, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Richard Hill

    You would think that the GOP Congress would have learned their lesson after the "Warren" rejection for the Consumer Protection Agency, blew up in their faces. Perhaps this too may come back to haught them, especially if she is someone's future VP pick!

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

    Smart woman but friendly with dictators, I am glad she withdrows.

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

    It's shameful the way that some Republicans publicly attacked Susan Rice and openly lauded John Kerry for the position of Secretary of State, in order to open up his Senate seat and give Scott Brown another shot at it. But of course, this seems to be the way that the GOP operates these days.

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

    Whhhhhy .. So sad

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

    The Media have no clue what the GOP knows

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