Share “Rice withdraws as secretary of state...”

Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

By JULIE PACE Published: December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state after the embattled U.N. ambassador ran into a standoff with Republicans over an attack on Americans in Libya.

President Barack Obama, in a statement, said he accepted Rice's decision to remove her name from consideration. Obama decried what he called “unfair and misleading attacks” on Rice in recent weeks.

A person familiar with the deliberations said support has been trending away from Rice for the past few days.

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is perceived internally to be the front-runner for the secretary of state position.

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is also seen as the front-runner for Obama's next defense secretary.

The person familiar with the deliberations requested anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations.


  1. 1
    'Sense of regret' in Vatican over pope meeting with gay marriage opponent
  2. 2
    "VA is Lying, Vets Are Dying" billboard displayed
  3. 3
    Four California students arrested for plotting mass shooting
  4. 4
    Professor guilty of raping a disabled man
  5. 5
    Jim Jordan: Republicans 'forfeit before the ref blows the whistle' | Washington Examiner
+ show more


× Trending politics Article