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Rice fires back after dropping US top diplomat bid

Published on Dec 14, 2012 6:35 PM
 
File photo dated July 7, 2011 shows US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaking about the independence of South Sudan during a briefing at the US State Department in Washington, DC. UN ambassador Susan Rice on Friday defended her record and lamented the partisan politics that she said had forced her to withdraw from consideration for the post of US secretary of state. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - UN ambassador Susan Rice on Friday defended her record and lamented the partisan politics that she said had forced her to withdraw from consideration for the post of US secretary of state.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Rice defended her controversial statements about the deadly September 11 attack on a US mission in Libya and struck back at Republican lawmakers who had vowed to block her path to becoming top diplomat.

"As it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities," Rice wrote.

The longtime member of President Barack Obama's inner circle and favorite to succeed Hillary Clinton had announced on Thursday that she was removing herself from consideration for the post, despite never being formally nominated.

 
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