Rice Withdraws Name for Secretary of State

Susan E. Rice

Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state, in the face of relentless opposition from Republicans in Congress over her statements about the deadly attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya. In a letter to President Obama, Rice said she concluded that “the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly — to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. The tradeoff is simply not worth it to our country.” Obama, who spoke with  Rice on Thursday, said he accepted her request with regret, describing her as “an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant.
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