South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement in response to news that United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice was removing her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State. Congressman Duncan has been a strong critic of Ambassador Rice's role in the Administration's messaging after the Benghazi attacks. A few weeks ago, Duncan wrote a letter to President Obama signed by 97 House Members urging the President not to nominate Ambassador Rice for Secretary of State.
"Ambassador Rice was wise to remove her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State. Unfortunately, her role in the Obama Administration's messaging of the Benghazi attacks damaged her credibility and made her ill-suited to be our nation's top diplomat. I remain committed to continuing to honor the lives of those who died in the Benghazi attacks by uncovering the truth of what took place on September 11th 2012, and ensuring that we're doing everything possible to protect Americans abroad."