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Why Susan Rice Dropped Her Bid to Become Secretary of State


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, ethics, politics, u.s., congress )

Cal
- 712 days ago - theweek.com
One of the president's closest advisors backs down in the face of what many have described as a GOP witch hunt



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Cal Mendelsohn (1001)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 3:03 pm
I think that her oft-described conflicts of interests when it came to influencing the decision upcoming on the Keystone Pipeline was also a problem. On the whole, I;m not sorry at all this happened.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 3:17 pm
The press will press this Benghazi issue into a powder. The one issue Obama could not explain is his support of the Keystone pipeline, and Rice's potential to make millions off of it.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 4:04 pm
Noted.
 

John B. (158)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 6:10 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Ryu Spaeth. Given her and her husbands huge investments in the oil and gas industries I am not sorry to she her withdraw her name. Read and noted.
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 6:40 pm
I'm only sorry that Kerry will probably be nominated and that leaves the MA seat open to another tea-booger - it's a lose-lose situation!
 

ellen m. (222)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 8:54 pm
Agreed Lee..I'm personaly pleased she's out as these petitions going around for her to get rid of all her related holdings seem to forget that she still has that mindset that caused her to invest there in the first place..and the same cronies...
And the Benghazi issue was but a smokescreen
But Kerry leaving a senate seat is is troubling indeed, and something far fewer of us will have a say in.
 

Roxy H. (334)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 11:01 pm
there is not much of a win in this, she is still wrapped up in Keystone, not willing to let that go huh...and ya..Kerry's seat going to a Republican... nothing but losses... mining and dirty crap... changes have been disappointing nothing good at all
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:17 am
Hope she gets out of the pipeline deal too!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:52 am
And lets not forget the democrats and the pipeline.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:21 am
I'm more concerned with her connections to the Trans Canada Tar Sands and indirectly to the soon to be resurrected Keystone Pipeline. Yes, that's right. There's a good chance we could see it pushed through. If Obama wants his programs approved he's going to have to give something. According to the e-mail response I and possibly many of you received from him; fossil fuel exploration and development is going to continue. If you didn't receive the e-mail I would be happy to send you a copy. That to me says that the pipeline is still in the works. Anyone who doesn't think that possible should consider how hard many people worked to block the NCOOC and Nexen deals by the Harper government. We lost.
 

KEVIN KREISS (2)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:33 am
she's invested in Keystone; we deserve a better candidate despite the atrocious GOP witchhunt
 

John Gregoire (261)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:37 am
This is sad in that she is more capable than John kerry and despite her mis-statement, doesn't carry the baggage that he does from his disgraceful tenure as a Naval officer in Viet nam.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday December 14, 2012, 6:45 am
She did the right thing here. Give her credit & let's move on.
 

Carlene V. (203)
Friday December 14, 2012, 7:08 am
She did the right thing. We know that McCain and Graham have been on a witch hunt since Rice's name first surfaced. It would not have stopped and she would have never been confirmed. McCain needs to start working for our country instead of against it and Graham, well, what can you say about him that is good? They and the rest of the GOP will continue to fight against Obama and are too buried in their evil quest to realize they lost, once again and will lose in 2016. It serves them right.

@ John Gregoire, I see you have been Swift Boated by the Swift Boat liars.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Friday December 14, 2012, 7:12 am
Watch her appointment to another position ... without necessary confirmation by vote, just Presidential placement to keep the flanks covered with the diminishing trusted. Getting harder and harder to plug all the holes without bleeding out.
 

Sara W. (110)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:06 am
It's stupid to attack her for making a statement on the information that she was given at the time that was later found out to be not true as that's not her fault. But, her stock in the Keystone Pipeline and making profit off of it if built makes me not want her to be secretary of state. That is a huge conflict of interest.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Friday December 14, 2012, 11:01 am
Although I am not happy of her ties to the Keystone Pipeline, it could have been that a condition of her appointment that she divest in Keystone, but I think Obama should have fought harder for her appointment. Obama just makes his job harder in other ways in dealing with the GOP, they think if they just push hard enough, Obama will give in. Don't give in to that dirty bunch. They don't care about what's good for the country, only what's good for themselves and their agenda.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday December 14, 2012, 12:47 pm
Of course the Keystone Pipeline conflict of interest is primary. But the White House is not going to stress that because he doesn't want her totally undercut from providing solid public service in areas where she doesn't have a conflict. That's sound politics.

Can anyone come up with a better idea than Kerry and maybe start a petition? I don't like opening up Massachusetts to a new teabagger any better than anyone else does.
 

Felicita Luna (213)
Friday December 14, 2012, 1:47 pm
Good! I hope the door doesn't hit her on the way out!!
 

Melania Padilla (180)
Friday December 14, 2012, 1:47 pm
Thanks
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Friday December 14, 2012, 2:58 pm
Yes Joanne Dixon, I believe the Keystone Pipeline is what ultimately did her in. Being in bed so to speak with the President in matters of personal finances would have been embarrassing to both. Obama is taking enough heat for supporting this environmental horror- which Rice will make a fortune.
 

Diane O. (164)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:43 pm
Allan, all day long and into the night, the liberals hate the rich Americans. Susan Rice is worth upwards of $33 million and she is tied tightly to the pipeline....yet they supported her. She needed to step down. She represents what the liberals hate about the GOP. Yet, they embraced her. Time for the liberals to grow up and understand that what they kick out on the Republicans can come back at them from the very people they promote under Obama. It's time to face reality. What the liberals hate about the Republicans can be found among the very Democrats they promote. Weird. Strange. Stupid.
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:45 pm
Sorry to hear this, she would of been Good!!!
 

Diane O. (164)
Friday December 14, 2012, 3:46 pm
Good for what, Donald? She lied. You support liars?
 

Linda h. (86)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:01 pm
Diane, why do you say she lied? That in itself is a lie.You come here and lie several times a day and have for several years now. Who supports you?
As for liberals hating rich people, no they just want them to pay for the government that they use and many of them are happy to go back to before the ridiculous and apparently useless tax cuts that did not create anything but disaster.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:55 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Linda because you have done so within the last week.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:57 pm
It is the Trans Canada connection that I find worrisome.
 

Janet R. (34)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 5:45 am
I'm glad she dropped her bid as she is too heavily invested in TransCanada and there is no way she could make an impartial decision about the pipeline. I think the Repugs made a boo-boo; their masters probably wanted her because she would get the pipeline passed and here they are, shooting her down. Bad Repugs, bad repugs. There will be air in their stockings this holiday.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 12:24 pm
Thanks Cal.
 
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