Obama defends Rice

2:10 AM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice
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WASHINGTON (AP) --President Barack Obama says U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has demonstrated "the strength of her character" by withdrawing her name from consideration as a replacement for outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Rice says she withdrew because of continued sharp criticism from some congressional Republicans about her assessment of the attack on the American consulate in Libya.

Obama called the criticism "unfair and misleading."

Rice: I wanted to avoid 'politicized' hearings

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice says she withdrew from consideration for secretary of state because she didn't want to endure confirmation hearings that were "very politicized."

Rice also says she wouldn't have wanted her nomination to have delayed or distracted President Barack Obama from pursuing his second term agenda. Given that possibility, she says she prefers to stay doing a job she loves at the U.N.

Rice spoke in an interview with NBC News.


Associated Press

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