Rice removes self from secretary of state consideration

UnknownAfter weeks of controversy surrounding U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s comments after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and threats from GOP Senators they would block a nomination of her for Secretary of State, Amb. Rice officially withdrew her name from consideration to the position on Thursday.

In a letter sent to President Obama, Amb. Rice wrote that though she believed she would have served the country well as Secretary of State, “I am now convinced that 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.” She added, “Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.”

President Obama released a statement shortly after receiving Rice’s letter:

Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests. Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel’s security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people. I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.

Senators Graham and McCain, two of Rice’s harshest critics over the last several weeks, expressed their respect for her decision.

Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., is now speculated to be the front-runner for the nomination.

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Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
About Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR

  • Pauline

    WONDERFUL!

  • Big Dem

    Wise decision.

  • http://fb Kathy Bennett

    The Deceiver In Chief can say all he wants about Susan Rice but she knew the truth before she came to all the network saying it was over a movie when she definitely knew the truth that it was a well armed terrorist attack! Was she the escape goat for Obama-Yes she was! Many in the end will go down because those who knew exactly what had taken place are falling one by one! Do I feel Susan Rice was fit for this office! No! She was incompetent to hold this office! Just as Hillary Clinton is no better because she watched in real time while these Americans died!

  • freda

    She has to much at stake. "Stock" in the pipe line right and one of the ones that lied dearly in the Bengazi cover up. Knock them out God one by one. The giants will be like grasshoppers the lord spoke its in tje book. Praise God now if only others wil follow suit.

  • Michael D. Capizola

    I don't know whether Ms Rice has done a good job as UN Ambassador. However, she had no right to lie to the American people or to the UN. If the attack was under investigation, that could have been said with a "no further comment." It may have been strategic withholding but at least not an outright lie. What makes it worse is that the sole purpose of the multiple lies told by her, the President and others was to cover up the true story until the prevaricator in chief was reelected. So much for transparency in government. And so much for how uninterested and uninformed the American people are.