Via NBC News:
Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.
“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,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.
“That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News.
The letter is embedded at the bottom of this post.
The reactions are pouring in on Twitter:
OMG! Why is Susan Rice so racist?!?!?RT @jedediahbila: Susan Rice has withdrawn her name for consideration as Secretary of State.
— GayPatriot (@GayPatriot) December 13, 2012
Big win for John McCain. Almost as big as stopping the repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell & blocking ratification of New START. Pop the cork.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 13, 2012
Yay Scott Brown!
— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) December 13, 2012
Bad judgment. Obama aggressively defended Rice’s service and weeks later she is, essentially, admitting she wouldn’t survive confirmation.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) December 13, 2012
Picture it: the senior senator from Massachusetts in the Oval Office saying, “I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty!”
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 13, 2012
Good day for John Kerry. And Scott Brown.
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) December 13, 2012
In other news, the four Americans whose deaths Barack Obama and Susan Rice lied about remain dead.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) December 13, 2012
Chuck Hagel at the State Department would show that a white man can do the job. Then Michele Flournoy at DOD.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 13, 2012
Been clear all along Kerry would be best choice for Sec of State. Too bad Obama made a manhood test of Rice.
— Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) December 13, 2012
Michael Eric Dyson saying on MSNBC that opposition to Susan Rice was because of racism.
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) December 13, 2012
Out: millionaire serial liar. In: billionaire self-admitted war criminal. #SecretaryofStateNomination
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 13, 2012
“The position of Secretary of State should never be politicized.” — Amb. Susan Rice, short-term memory loss victim. twitter.com/ExJon/status/2…
— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) December 13, 2012