Isakson and Gingrey back Rice’s withdrawal
by Jon Gillooly
December 14, 2012 12:54 AM | 2049 views | 4 4 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington in November. Rice has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state<br>The Associated Press
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington in November. Rice has withdrawn from consideration for secretary of state
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MARIETTA — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-east Cobb) and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) said they support embattled U.N. ambassador Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state Thursday.

“I’m glad,” Gingrey said. “I’m absolutely pleased. I think that the president can come up with a more acceptable nominee, and I know he will. There are plenty of qualified people, men, women. Race and gender has nothing to do with it. Susan Rice of course, is a very intelligent individual, a Stanford graduate, Rhodes Scholar, so it’s not a question of intelligence. Certainly because of the Benghazi situation and what happened that Sunday on the five or six different talk shows I think made her not a credible candidate.”

Isakson said it was a good decision.

“She had become so entangled in the misinformation of that Sunday,” Isakson said.

Isakson pointed out the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be giving a secure briefing on the Benghazi topic next Thursday.

“So the facts are coming out as to what really happened, but in the meantime for the better part of really three months she’s been on the end of the spear, taking all the arrows, and the administration has done nothing to help answer the questions of who knew what, when did they know it, when did they know it was a terrorist attack, why did they tell everybody it was a spontaneous attack based on a movie trailer when they knew it wasn’t true. You don’t go on the Sunday shows at the request of the administration without a lap full of talking points,” Isakson said.

The announcement makes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry the likely choice to be the nation’s next top diplomat when Clinton departs soon. Rice withdrew when it became clear her political troubles were not going away, and support inside the White House for her potential nomination had been waning in recent days, administration officials said.

Isakson spoke favorably of Kerry.

“He’s done a good job as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and his diplomatic skills are good,” Isakson said. “I don’t know that he will be the nominee, but he would certainly be a high choice for that nomination just like Hillary Clinton was when she was nominated. I think he would be very confirmable.”

In another major part of the upcoming Cabinet shake-up for President Barack Obama’s second term, former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska now is seen as the front-runner to be defense secretary, with official word expected as soon as next week.

For the newly re-elected president, Rice’s withdrawal was a sharp political setback and a sign of the difficulties Obama faces in a time of divided and divisive government. Already, he had been privately weighing whether picking Rice would cost him political capital he would need on later votes.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report
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patrick thompson
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December 15, 2012
"You don’t go on the Sunday shows at the request of the administration without a lap full of talking points,” Isakson said - wow, what a bunch of armchair quarterbacking post events, commenting when you don't even know how things happened. Will they be as kind of Johnny and Phil when it's your time to leave office? Those boys were smart and educated, but just say stupid stuff all the time and mislead the public.
Patrick Thompson
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December 15, 2012
These guys continue their battle on women and their false war against the President. Did you guys not get the message that this isn't the kind of stonewalling we want. The CIA has it's own storyline and message about what's going on in the Middle East, have we not learned that yet after how many years of semi-war? And where were you stooges when we needed more taxpayer funds to secure posts like this? You were busy cutting up and voting down.
Lib In Cobb
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December 15, 2012
Susan Rice was only the messenger. There has been "an enduring partisan battle" since a liberal, black man dared to become President of the United States. The GOP just can't handle the fact that they lost in 2012 and in 2008. The GOP expected to win with badly flawed candidates. The GOP expected to win after they alienated, the, women, the African Americans, the Latino voters, the elderly, the sick, the poor, the LGBT, the middle class, the uninsured, the uninsurable, the voters in general. The GOP attempted to disenfranchise voters in an effort to win the latest election. Why is it a surprise that you lost? The GOP badly misunderstood the voter base here and now they are trying to re-tool and come back with a much different story than the 47% message. We will not forget. When Hillary Clinton wins in 2016 and in 2020, I will again say, "I told you so".

Julie Smart
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December 14, 2012
It was the smart thing to do....We have more troubles looming besides the peeing match that Obama is hell bent on letting everybody know who the dictator is of the free world.
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