December 13th, 2012
03:51 PM ET
10 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. JV

    I find it humerous that you republicans take any opportunity to insult anyone who isn't within your party. You all sound foolish and my 10 year old child has more sense than you. So please if you have any intelligent opinions about this story then share it. If you just want to offer your ignorance and just call people names then go to FOXNews.

    December 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. chris

    She was the fall person for the embassy fiasco and deserved to take the fall. She should have had closer examination of her failed role to protect the US Embassies bombed in the 1990's in Africa. When will the US realize that a woman is not honored by Middle Eastern Muslim leaders, and they laugh when we put a woman in the role of Secretary of State. Oh wait it is all because of color.

    December 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Sunny

    Somebody said she is not qualify for it, i wonder what credential or experience you need for that position. She is a harvard Professor and UN representative. What experience does hillary or condoleesa have?

    December 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. ImIrish

    Good. She really had no business throwing her hat in the ring with the Benghazi fiasco.

    December 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. E C Rowland

    I ASK YOU, How can you walk forward while looking backward? today is 12-13-12. get with the program!

    December 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. steve

    Thats the smartest move she has ever made. Rice is about as qualified to be Secretary of State as obama is of being water boi!

    December 13, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Bill

    She burping in this article's photo.

    December 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. DB


    @DB – spoken like a true libtard! John Kerry isn't a good choice for anything! The man's an embarassment. Talk about tax evasion but, since he's another libtard, its ok with you people.

    You're talking about the Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. If you don't think that makes someone qualified, then you are a fool. But anybody who throws around terms like "libtard" and thinks wherever Kerry decides to anchor his boat is remotely relevant would have to be a fool.

    December 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Not John Foster Dulles

    Rice has an uncanny ability to be her own worst enemy whether shooting the bird a Holbrooke or in the UN. Maybe the new Secretary of State will pull her from the UN as well. She's better suited for academia than government. Look for the whining about racism, anti-feminism and the like. Bottom line is that I rarely agree with the GOP, but they were dead right on this one. Now, get John Kerry in there. He's a worth successor to Hillary Clinton and is well respected at home and abroad.

    December 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Conservative pressure wins out once again!

    December 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. US Girl

    Smart decision. Another casualty. You were sacrificed. Benghazi remains to be unanswered. The public won't get the story, but I hope the families of the fallen heroes do. Perhaps your motivation to please or succeed got the better of you. But still think there are lacks in our admin, intelligence gathering and political humility.

    December 13, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. David M

    I find it amusing that some of you are saying how shameful it is that some of the Republicans attacked Susan Rice. Did you also think it shameful when Ted Kennedy said he would not allow Robert Bork to be confirmed as a SC Justice?? Yeah, I didn't think so. Less than an hour after the nomination was announced, Kennedy went on the attack from the floor of the House.

    This is, in part, what he said: "Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens."

    That's what you call high grade horse manure. If Reagan had been a Democrat and nominated Bork, Kennedy would have been singing his praises.

    It's called playing politics, and both parties are quite accomplished at playing that game. It's what they do best, unfortunately. So save your indignation, or at least use it fairly, not just on the party you dislike.

    December 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. JohnRJohnson

    Really sad. This is a woman of great accomplishment and calm toughness. Should have been a great Secretary of State. She got swift-boated by John McCain and Lindsay Graham.

    December 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. bethepeace

    Rice's withdrawal: what took so long? Meanwhile, NO NO NO Senator Kerry! That's a mistake in the making. G-D forbid!
    Think again, Mr. President, the president's advisors, etc etc etc No Kerry for ANYTHING BUT his current senate seat until we kind find someone more radically left to take over!

    December 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Loyalright

    Glad she finally put America's interest first. Good move on her part.

    December 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Bob

    Just another victim of Reich Wing bullying tactics.

    Time to bring CondiLIAR Rice up for investigations into Crimes Against Humanity.

    December 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. mike

    I like Obama and don't care what she said about Benghazi, but I'm glad she withdrew because she has been nothing but a White House mouthpiece and a Sec of State has to be more.

    December 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Luke Shannon

    Hey California Gary. This is what happens to a person when they really don't do their job. This entire administration is nothing but talk, and smoke and mirrors. Those guys are not bullies thank God we have men of Courage that will take a stand against such a failure as POTUS and his Cabinet.

    December 13, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Willie Floyd

    McCain and Graham are both racist bigots, they've certainly proved it. Hope both are voted out office asap.

    December 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. G. Flint

    If Kerry gets it Scott will replace him in the Senate. Not good but it was the entire scenario the Republicans were hoping for. We will give you Kerry but you will give up a seat in the Senate to Scott. Sorry not a good trade.

    December 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. noteaparty4me

    This is racist, plain and simple. This was a racist witch hunt.

    December 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Whoopy...they got their for-no-good -reason scalp. I'll be wetting my pants laughing whe watching their heads expode over the fillibuster reform that's going to get jammed up their cracks. He who laughs last...

    December 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. DB

    I guess McCain finally has something to celebrate. This is weak.

    No he doesn't. The GOP and McCain really don't care who Obama nominates. What they care about is having an opportunity to grandstand during the confirmation hearings, making angry speeches about Benghazi and so forth. This takes away that opportunity.

    December 13, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Sly

    The world would be a better place without Republicans. The Conservative Right does not believe in America – many Tea Bagger Congressmen have stated that they deliberately tried to not accomplish anything since they wanted to ensure President Obama couldn't pass any laws.

    This qualified woman has to pay because 4 Americans thought they could live in the middle of a country in a Civil War where thousands of people justifiably hate Americans?

    The Libya story was a non-story – only happened because the Tea Baggers voted to ignore our Presidents request that we fund improved security at that Embassy.

    What a joke.

    December 13, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Blaster34

    If you are dumb enough to follow the talking points of an anti-Muslim film which was an absolute joke to begin with, especially since she had access to the highest levels of intel, then she deserves to pul her hat out of the ring. Or better yet her head out of herasss.

    December 13, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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