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Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published December 13, 2012 at 3:36 p.m. Updated December 13, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.


This June 7, 2012 file photo shows U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice listening during a news conference at the UN. Rice has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state.

— Susan Rice, the embattled U.N. ambassador, abruptly withdrew from consideration to be the next secretary of state on Thursday after an ugly standoff with Republican senators who declared they would vigorously oppose her nomination.

The move elevates Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry as the likely choice to be the nation’s next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs soon.

President Barack Obama accepted Rice’s decision with a shot at Republicans.

“While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character,” he said.

Rice had become the public face of the tangled administration description of what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year when four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were killed in what is now known to have been a terrorist attack.

Rice withdrew her name in a letter to the president, saying she was convinced 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,” Rice said.

Read more on this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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Bart says... December 13, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.

But of course Obama took the opportunity to criticize Republicans. He cannot open his mouth without blaming them for...everything. And he runs his mouth, on camera, incessantly. But,in his selection of Rice she is a better choice than Swift-Boat Kerry, one of those rich boys Obama so despises. Rice is just a "yes" person. Kerry, a New England politician, can actually do alot of damage as Secretary of State. I nominate Nancy Pelosi! Get her out of the House,

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Jackabbott says... December 13, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.

Bart- I guess because Kerry served his country in Vietnam while your buddy George Bush was hanging out in bars in Alabama during his "service"years disqualifies him. Neither one of the Rice sisters were worth a flip, this Rice made her "millions" by marrying a millionaire Canadian oil man, do not how the other one made hers.
The damage was done both financially and morally with the stupid and idiotic war on Iraq, what did that get us other than draining us of trillion dollars or more and either killing a number of people and ruining the lives of others.

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KCSAP says... December 13, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.

Aah, that's a shame!

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