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Published on: November 19, 2012 04:30 PM
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FILE - usan Rice, United States' Ambassador to the United Nations, talks to reporters following a closed door meeting of the United Nations Security Council at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 30 May 2012.FILE - usan Rice, United States' Ambassador to the United Nations, talks to reporters following a closed door meeting of the United Nations Security Council at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 30 May 2012.

Washington - A group of 97 House Republicans sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, saying that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice misled the nation about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, making her unfit to be a candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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The letter, organized by South Carolina freshman Jeff Duncan, said Rice’s “misleading statements” about the attack that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans “caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world.”

It was the latest GOP effort to single out Rice for the mixed signals sent out by the administration in the immediate aftermath of the September attack in Benghazi.

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have led criticism in the Senate, saying Rice is unqualified and untrustworthy and promising to block her nomination if Obama picks her to take over the State Department after Clinton steps down.

Obama responded last week at a news conference, saying McCain and Graham should “go after me” if they want to criticize administration actions. He said Rice had nothing to do with the Benghazi affair and “to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”

On Friday a dozen Democratic female members of the House also came to Rice’s defense, saying the criticisms of her smacked of sexism and racism.

Rice became a target when she went on the Sunday talk shows five days after the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic mission on Sept. 11 and said that, from the best information she had at the time, the attack was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video and not a premeditated attack. That assessment later proved to be incorrect.

Rice, the House Republicans said in their letter, “is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter.” As a result, they said, “we believe that making her the face of U.S. foreign policy in your second term would greatly undermine your desire to improve U.S. relations with the world and continue to build trust with the American people.”

Clinton has not formally announced when she is leaving her post and Obama has not said who might succeed her, although Rice has often been named as a leading candidate. Senior-level positions must be confirmed by the Senate.


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 Nov 19, 2012 at 04:54 PM neezoogshoin Says:

She is unfit for the position because she has shown that she does not possess her own assessment and judgement skills. Rather, she is merely a pawn of the administration and will be no better than a puppet (unlike Hillary, who has a mind of her own).

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 08:06 PM peretz2 Says:

And I suppose Representative Ryan was not qualified to be Vice President for his failure to grasp basic Math

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 Nov 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Right...and Condoleza Rice helped Bush sell the big lie about WMD that was the pretext for a war in Iraq that cost several thousand American lives. Where were these idiot Republicans back then???? They lost the election and now are striking out at any available target led by the "Loser in Chief", John McCain.

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 Nov 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

House Republicans say rape is God's will.
House Republicans says Iraq has WMDs.
House Republicans say ketchup is a vegetable.
House Republicans say evolution never happened.

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