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Rice withdraws as US secretary of state candidate, citing tough Senate battle

In letter to Obama, ambassador to UN says convinced confirmation process would be 'lengthy, disruptive and costly'; decision increases odds that president will turn to Senator Kerry

Reuters
Published: 12.13.12, 23:55 / Israel News

Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state on Thursday in the face of what promised to be a difficult Senate confirmation battle.

 

Rice has drawn heavy fire from Republicans for remarks she made in the aftermath of a Sept. 11 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

 

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"I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as secretary of state," Rice said in a letter to Obama. "I am fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly."

 

Rice's decision increases the odds that Obama will turn to another top candidate for the position, Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down early next year.

 

An announcement of Obama's national security team could come as early as next week. Officials say Obama is giving serious consideration to nominating former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense to replace the current secretary, Leon Panetta.

 


המתקפה על הקונסוליה האמריקנית בבנגזי בספטמבר (צילום: רויטרס)

Scene of Benghazi attack (Photo: Reuters)

 

One option discussed by White House officials is having Obama appoint Rice as his national security adviser, a position that does not require Senate confirmation. However, there has been no indication that the current national security adviser, Tom Donilon, is leaving.

 

Obama, in a letter to Rice, said he was grateful that she would continue on in her job at the United Nations.

 

"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," Obama said.

 

Rice has faced questions about comments she made days after the attack in Libya. Rice went on television shows to declare that the attack was a result of a spontaneous demonstration by Muslims upset over a film made in the United States that was insulting to the Prophet Mohammed.

 

US intelligence officials have since said that militants with ties to al-Qaeda affiliates were likely involved in the attacks.

 

 

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