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Susan Rice Drops Out of State Department Consideration

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 13, 2012 Last Updated: December 13, 2012
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice watches as the voting takes place on the resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state. on Nov. 29, 2012, at UN headquarters in New York. Rice announced that she is not going to be the next secretary of state. (Henny Ray Abrams/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice watches as the voting takes place on the resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state. on Nov. 29, 2012, at UN headquarters in New York. Rice announced that she is not going to be the next secretary of state. (Henny Ray Abrams/AFP/Getty Images)

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice announced that she is not going to be the next secretary of state.

Rice told NBC News Thursday of her decision.

“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice said.

“I didn’t want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done as a country,” she continued.

Rice has been questioned for months by Congress—especially by Republicans—for how she handled the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya that left Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens dead.

She initially described the attack as a response to the anti-Islam “Innocence of Muslims” film that was uploaded on YouTube.

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