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. buddesatva

    Susan Rice is a victim of politics. The Republicans should hang their heads in shame. This is a loss for the American people. The only good that has come of this is that people like John McCain have amplified why they are unfit for public office and certainly unqualified for the presidency.

    December 13, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Bassmaster22

    Bush relies on bad intelligence and plunges us into a war. Thousands die. Nothing wrong with that. Rice relies on what is reported to be bad intelligence and it is an outrage.

    Thi s is why we can't have nice things.

    December 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. w_roos

    If the republiconns can have Condoleeza Rice, why can't the Democrats of Susan 'Liza Rice? I think she would have done a fine job.

    December 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. allrich jean

    Its a shame ;that Mr Obama has accepted Mrs Rice's withdrawl for secretary of state nomination.You should not have given in to those stupid racists republicans....Anyhow,you are still a very good leader Mr.Obama.May God gives u wisdom and protects u from all evil racists pigs......

    December 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. alamb

    Obama should nominate himself since he is our dear leader!

    December 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Osilama Abu from Ontario,canada

    The likes of Senator McCain and Lindsey Graham are the old irrelevant political actors preventing The USA from progressing.These bitter old fools ,should be voted out from future political process.I say Susan Rice won,for not allowing these foul mouthed politicians to undermine her intellectual susceptibility.Kudos Rice.

    December 13, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. chris

    Take yourself out of the picture for just a moment. There are still no solid answers for the families that lost loved ones in Libya. You are pathetic fool I ASK YOU

    December 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. E C Rowland

    REGERTZ. DO YOU LIKE PEOPLE TELLING YOU LIES? She may be all you state, but we as a country should not award those that lie.

    December 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. markiejoe

    It's not gonna be John Kerry. No way are the Dems giving up that Senate seat to Scott Brown and the GOP.

    December 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. RillyKewl

    Don't pull anybody we need out of the Senate!!! We need every last vote. Our majority is too fragile.
    I like Hagel for DoD, and I'm hoping for a true progressive at Treasury.
    State is a big job though, we need a strong Woman to represent us around the globe. Maybe Harmon or Napolitano?

    December 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Nate

    People are criticizing Obama for "undermining" Rice and "letting McCain decide who will be his Secretary of State," but would it be good for this country to go through a long, bitter, and dividing battle? Also, Rice withdrew her name. Obama has stood up for Rice many times. It was Rice's decision.

    One final thing: Stop criticizing Rice for the Benghazi "Scandal." There was no cover-up. You act as if the government should share every single security detail with the public. That would work out well... Second, all of the facts weren't out yet when she spoke. It takes time to find the facts. If she had waited until all the facts were available people would have criticized the government for "concealing the truth" or "being afraid to share the news."

    Have a nice night and a pleasant tomorrow.

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

    Proving once again, that it's better to be lucky in life than being the best at what you do. She worked hard to put herself in the best possible position when the opportunity train came along. Unfortunately for her, she was pushed in front of the train and got run over. Nice job guys.

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

    Well somebody had to fall on the knife for Benghazi – Obama and Hillary weren't going to do it.

    December 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. kayla

    he who laugh last, LAUGH THE BEST.

    December 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Jo Lena Johnson

    It's an even sadder day when the business of politics continues to impede on the good of the people. Rachel Maddow called it weeks ago.

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

    What a GREAT day. I am, happy, happy, happy. She didn't deserve to be Secretary of State.

    December 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. Gina

    McCain you are a sorry old man. I use ot respect you as a Veteran -no more – Veterans act with honor and in this instance you have not. I am a Veteran so I can say that – you are a disgrace...

    December 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. garc

    Congratulations, Cranky Old Man John McCain! Thanks to your personal vendetta and crackpot consipiracy theories, you got your way and disqualified someone whose only crime was, without any other knowledge at the time, to tell the media WHAT SHE HAD BEEN TOLD TO SAY, qualifying that that was what was known AT THE TIME.

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Bob

    He should nominate her anyways. F$%k the GOP.

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Ed

    Well somebody had to take the fall for Benghazi – Obama and Hillary weren't going to do it.

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. cuffnlink

    That petty, bitter little coward, McCain got his wish. He's got to be feeling real manly about attacking a woman. Little men do extraordinary harm to the world, don't they?

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. McCain in the membrane

    Yeah Obama will probably nominate someone more conservative than Rice, NOT! Well at least McCain in Membrane and Lesby Graham got their "win" so they can raise taxes. Prolly the plan Obama worked on with them all along.

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. cajr

    it was never going to happen anyway. clinton is a numbskull too but she thinks she can be president. not going to happen.

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. American Soldier

    She can join the US Army but will flunk the fitness test! Not a Patriot at all.

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Hogan's Goat

    The Republicans are doing their best to wreck this country. The desperation is really obvious since they couldn't get Roof Dog Romney over on us. Now they want to back-seat-drive the country, and they are all buying guns and planning for when they start shooting us. Maybe it's time for Americans to take our country back from people who put Party first.

    December 13, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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