GOP set to strongly oppose Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton
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GOP set to strongly oppose Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton

Washington : DC : USA | Nov 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM PST
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Several Republican senators have voiced strong opposition to President Obama’s likely pick of US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as the US Secretary of State, indicating that her way to secure 60 votes could be wobbly.

Rice and John Kerry are on Obama’s high-priority list of potential successors to Hillary Clinton. In interviews, some Republican senators discussed the replacement of Clinton while hinting that they would endorse Kerry as a right choice for the influential post.

Meanwhile, Republican advisers have said that legislators would use the nomination as a tool to widen investigation of the way the Obama administration handled the attack on US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

Even though the Senate hardly ever turns down the president’s Cabinet choices, analysts think that the process to pick the secretary of state could be extremely painful and draw out that the president may come to lament his pick.

It is becoming clearer that Rice’s public statements on the Benghazi attack would keep vexing her if the president picks her. Particularly, GOP leaders highly criticized her September 16 remarks on the Sunday talk show circuit that the Benghazi attack was set off by “spontaneous” protests against an anti-Islam film.

A senior GOP strategist has told the LA Times that he could not foresee whether the selection would be turned down, but "the question is, is this worth spending political capital and taking punches on a subject they'd like to distance themselves from?"

Meanwhile, the Obama administration officials have reiterated that Rice, a powerful figure on the White House foreign policy team, was a top nominee for the position and that the White House would not be put off by the GOP warnings.

Some sources familiar with the developments in picking the successor to Clinton have forecast that the Republicans would sooner or later stop their opposition to Rice for the reason that it would become obvious that her doubtful remarks about the Benghazi assault were prepared by other US authorities for her appearance on Sept. 16 TV shows.

Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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