Susan Rice Withdraws Name From Consideration
Controversial ambassador out of running for secretary of state
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2012 2:56 PM CST
UN Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill on Nov. 28.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Paging John Kerry: Susan Rice is withdrawing her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state, reports NBC News. The move makes Senator Kerry the leading candidate to replace Hillary Clinton. Rice, the current US ambassador to the UN, has been on the defensive over her initial comments in the wake of the Benghazi attack, with critics accusing her of trying to downplay any link to terrorism.

“If nominated, 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,” Rice wrote to President Obama. (Full text via Politico here.) “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country. ...Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time." Obama accepted her decision but criticized what he termed the "unfair and misleading attacks against her," reports the Wall Street Journal. It might not have helped Rice's case on Capitol Hill that she has the reputation of being an "undiplomatic diplomat."

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Dec 15, 2012 8:38 AM CST
This is the thing I dont like about democrats, they surrender to the bullying tactics of the republican without fighting back. The republicans know this, and aleays walk away in mischievous victory.
Dec 15, 2012 8:06 AM CST
She is smart enough and knowledgable enough but she is abrasive and has a short fuse. She is abrupt, coarse, uncompromsing, and antagonistic. Not the personal characteristics you want for that position. We are also dealing with extreme Male Chauvinism in the Middle East and we don't need to be sticking it in their face that the Western Culture is an equal opportunity culture. Make it a man , any ethnicity, but make it a man.
Dec 13, 2012 11:58 PM CST
We thank Baghdad Bob for her service.