Susan Rice Will Not Be The Next Secretary Of State

Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary Of State according to Jake Tapper at ABC News. In a letter (PDF) to President Obama, Rice says,

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. It is far more important that we devote precious legislative hours and energy to enacting your core goals, including comprehensive immigration reform, balanced deficit reduction, job creation, and maintaining a robust national defense and effective U.S. global leadership. Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.”

Which is a long way of saying that she didn’t have any chance of being confirmed. President Obama has indicated that he will honor her request.

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