Susan Rice takes her name out of running for Secretary of State
December 13th, 2012
03:52 PM ET

Susan Rice takes her name out of running for Secretary of State

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State.

This is part of what she wrote to President Obama:

I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. 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 - to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country.

Here's the full letter from Rice to Obama.

Obama said in a statement:

"For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant."

Rice had been considered a front-runner to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation's top diplomat.

We'll have more reaction and analysis on CNN's Political Ticker and CNNPolitics.com.

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  1. patsy lockhart

    What an example of the GOP's manner of destroying the best intentions of qualified American citizens they unfavor.

    December 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      If they continue this type of behavior eventually people are going to notice. She was excellent for the job and I admire her for dropping out so that the president could concentrate on more important things. They had a reason to do this to a fine woman. Time will tell.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. michael frattini

    Susan Rice is a very smart woman.No doubt she was the best choice for sec.of state.But she knew what the republicans were doing,using her as a distraction from the important issues that they want to fight but don't have the answers to correct.She should be applauded for taking that "out"away from them.

    December 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. meh situation

    Just because she is good-looking is no reason to elevate her to Secretary of State. She has very poor ethics.
    We don't need more people with bad ethics in our government. But then we would need to toss out most of the people we already have, so it's a "meh" situation.

    December 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      You mean bad ethics such as Bush and Cheney had when they lied to us about WMD. So called report from the CIA a big lie.

      December 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behindp

    Be carefull what you say about MS Rice; As she is a CNN DARLING Child of their Social inner circle.
    Gotta be a female monitor!

    December 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. michael fairfield

    So very sorry that you have to bow out. You would have done an excellent job as SoS.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. Rice

    Honestly, I'm kind of glad she made this choice. Now she can spend more time in the kitchen fixing me up some vittles.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hide Behindp

    Do not weep for there be another place where she will come to rest, her future is assured she'll never worry about an income, she is one of the chosen ones, she past the test, and now has a permanent seat,in the halls and behind the walls of political deciet.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GI Joe

      Maybe if you learned to spell and learned the difference between "past" and "passed", you too could have her education, knowledge, and opportunities.

      Uh - NAH - too late for you - she started her education young.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    I Hope the right wing senate gop truth deleters get CVAs. Look it up republicans, its a term first responders use.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol @ s kel, are you wishing ill health on people? lol

    December 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Dear Barrack
    Thanks, but!

    December 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. stan

    Happy dreams to you and everyone. Almost weekend time.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    No surprises here. Opposition had made sure of this.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Where the hell is wild rice!

    December 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ronvan

    AWH, OUR "elected children" at their best! Can't get their way so lets pick someone to destroy! IF Kerry is the next choice I wonder what the republicans will find to argue his appointment? I continue to say that the ONLY way to take back conrol of these "out of control" idiots WE elected, is to vote ALL of them out of office and start with a clean slate! This "fiscal cliff" is just another example of how our politicans take care of the rich and follow THEIR priorities instead of trying to help US, the peopel!

    December 14, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Hamsta

    Nothing about the fact that she lied and misled you about Benghazi so our failure of a presid militaey conduxtent wouldn't look so bad at election time? You whackos think that is good qualifications to be head of national security? That explains this new military conduct handbook for the soldiers in Afghanistan. It tells the soldiers to refrain from advocating women's rights and not to criticize pedophilia as a way of muslim life.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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