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U.S. House Republicans oppose Obama's potential nomination for Rice


08:46, November 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 100 U.S. House Republicans on Monday sent a letter to urge President Barack Obama not to nominate Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as the next Secretary of State.

In a letter to Obama, the 97 Republicans told Obama that Rice, long considered a top candidate for the portfolio of Secretary of State in Obama's second term, is not qualified for the job due to her wounded record on the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"Though Ambassador Rice has been our Representative to the U.N., we believe her misleading statements over the days and weeks following the attack on our embassy in Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world," the Republicans wrote in their letter, which was led by South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan.

The letter is a step forward by the Republicans to attack Rice over her description of the Benghazi attack as a spontaneous protest-turned violent act.

Republicans said in the letter that Rice was viewed as "having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter" and thus Obama should not make her "the face of U.S. foreign policy" in his second term.

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