Susan Rice says country is 'fortunate' with Kerry nomination
December 21st, 2012
03:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Susan Rice says country is 'fortunate' with Kerry nomination

(CNN) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, once a top contender for the office of secretary of state, said "America is fortunate" with Sen. John Kerry as the president's pick to be the country's top diplomat.

"For over four decades, Senator Kerry has served extremely ably and demonstrated selfless commitment to our country," Rice said in a statement.
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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Kerry • State Department • Susan Rice
December 14th, 2012
07:38 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain, Rice, Obama and the politics of personality

Washington (CNN) - Now that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state, her supporters are criticizing those who brought her down as well as President Barack Obama, a long-time friend, who they say left her twisting in the wind.

"I'm not just disappointed that President Obama didn't go forward (with the nomination). He accepted her resignation not to put her name forward," Donna Brazile, CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist, said on the Situation Room.

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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • President Obama • Susan Rice
Rice meeting with Obama Friday, not expected to get NSA post
December 14th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
1 year ago

Rice meeting with Obama Friday, not expected to get NSA post

Washington (CNN) – Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office Friday when President Obama meets with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

The private one-on-one meeting comes the day after Rice abruptly withdrew her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state, citing a “lengthy, disruptive, and costly” confirmation process.

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Filed under: President Obama • Susan Rice
December 13th, 2012
06:04 PM ET
1 year ago

Rice once appeared to be inevitable secretary of state

Washington (CNN) – At one time, Susan Rice seemed to be on a trajectory that would take her to the secretary of state's office in President Barack Obama's second term.

But that trajectory changed Thursday when the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations withdrew her name from consideration to succeed current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Filed under: 2012 • Susan Rice
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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Filed under: 2012 • Susan Rice
McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing
December 10th, 2012
05:07 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain is seeking a slot on the Foreign Relations Committee next year and could be in place to grill United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice at her confirmation hearing if President Obama nominates her to be secretary of state.

The Arizona Republican is one of Rice's harshest critics. He has suggested the U.N. ambassador tried to cover up the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya - which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens - as a means to help the president win re-election.
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • John McCain • Senate • Susan Rice
Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state
December 4th, 2012
07:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state

Washington (CNN) – It's a favorite game in Washington to weigh the odds of each potential nominee to a president's cabinet and that game is in full swing - especially in trying to anticipate President Barack Obama's choice for replacing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

With speculation mounting that President Obama may soon announce his nominee, two very well-known names - Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice - remain the two top possibilities. Each comes with strengths but with baggage as well.

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Filed under: John Kerry • State Department • Susan Rice
November 28th, 2012
07:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Could the GOP block Rice for secretary of state?

(CNN) – Some Republican senators have openly stated they would work to block a nomination of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to the position of secretary of state. But what happens if President Barack Obama decides to nominate her, anyway? CNN National Political Correspondent John King explains.


Filed under: President Obama • State Department • Susan Rice
Collins leaves Rice meeting with questions; says Kerry would be confirmed easily
November 28th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Collins leaves Rice meeting with questions; says Kerry would be confirmed easily

Washington (CNN) – Centrist Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined her GOP colleagues Wednesday in questioning the role Susan Rice – the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations – played in the days following a deadly attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Collins, speaking after a meeting with Rice on Capitol Hill, said Rice was playing a political role when she appeared on television to explain the attack that left four Americans dead stemmed from protests of an anti-Islam video. That video now appears not to have been a factor in the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: Susan Collins • Susan Rice
November 27th, 2012
05:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Ayotte: Rice 'certainly' misled on Benghazi, but unsure of motive

(CNN) - Sen. Kelly Ayotte, one of the Republicans harshly critical of Ambassador Susan Rice, described Rice's initial characterization of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya as misleading, but stopped short of calling the remarks intentionally so.

"Certainly she misled the American public," Ayotte said in an interview Tuesday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "I think that she would say that. She'd have to say that because she began our meeting today admitting that the representations about the video and the protests were wrong, and the impression left [for] the American people was misleading."
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Filed under: Kelly Ayotte • Susan Rice
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