Susan Rice withdraws name from Secretary of State list of contenders
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a move that may have taken a few political observers by surprise, Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from the list of candidates Barack Obama was considering to replace current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
“I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I am fully confident that I can 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…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” Rice wrote in a letter to Barack Obama.
Obama responded in a statement that said: “I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks [but] 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,” after news broke of Rice’s name withdrawal.
Almost three weeks ago, Newscast Media wrote an article explaining in detail why it would be a strategic mistake to appoint Susan Rice for the position.
The article may have been a little harsh about why Senator John Kerry would be more preferable over Susan Rice, but four days later, even Hillary Clinton agreed that she too preferred Senator Kerry as a replacement for the position.
This also frees up Senate Democrats who are up for re-election who felt Rice had some baggage that may have rubbed voters the wrong way in the 2014 mid-terms.