Democrat slams Amb. Rice attacks as 'pure partisanship'
Lawmakers defend embattled ambassador
- Duration 5:45
- Date Nov 19, 2012
Lawmakers defend embattled ambassador
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And Fox News alert we are just getting breaking news from Washington that 100 Republican House members.
Have sent a letter to President Obama asking him not to nominate ambassador Susan Rice -- -- UN ambassador.
To replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
Reading in part -- ambassador rice is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetent we misled the American public.
About the Ben -- matter.
We believe that making her the face of US foreign policy in your second term.
Would greatly undermine your desire to improve US relations with the world and continue to build trust with the American people.
This comes two days after a dozen democratic house members came out to show their support for ms.
rice take a listen.
-- -- -- they don't feel as they hit the ability to better President Obama.
It's something that -- and the women and how they're not going to stand back.
And why we will not allow -- brilliant public servants record.
You -- Carl Perkins hurt consideration.
-- become secretary of me.
Now is the -- you saw moments ago Eleanor Holmes Norton who's a delegate to the US congress representing Washington.
DC she was at that news conference.
The door and they just so much for being here so.
You're thoughts because you didn't really.
Touch on the race or that gender issue but that.
The other women who were there said this is clear sexism and racism do you agree with that.
I certainly down there and I I don't call out sexism or racism as I have some evidence I can see why some would believe that.
I gave the opening statement that had to go back to hearing so -- never even heard the rest but.
She's not ascribe those views to me I think that she's being singled out.
Coming out of the presidential campaign.
One of our committee's oversight and government reform.
In the middle of the presidential campaign and -- recess.
Had a hearing and she became.
The focus of of that hearing.
And I think that came out of here partisanship when you say a hundred house members have -- -- But they don't have anything to do with who's going to be it culminated.
To be secretary of state you know when I when I get it I get fifty members of the -- -- I might be be concerned.
If you get -- confirmed in the senate but but that's important I want clear that up so.
You didn't disagree because we hadn't we had congresswoman at the congress -- come out on on Friday and say this is racism.
And it's sexism and you are saying on the record you disagree with that.
Not content I am I have you have to have found a former chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
So I don't I don't -- racism and sexism by implication.
I have to see some evidence of -- and the the the evidence is that they have focusing in on one.
On the messenger.
They know that that.
Was he was evaluating.
This information as it came and they have her with the information -- had at the time I quoted at the press conference.
The office of the national intelligence director evaluating what she said and he said that that was the information we had the time.
That was the information we gave to the administration.
And that's the information -- game.
And it isn't -- ten minute and a discussion to be had on the substance back and forth and and both parties have been having that.
Robustly over the past six weeks or so but this was sort of a new angle beat the objection bit.
Saying that she was being targeted because of race or gender and I wonder that's an interesting point is well that you used to head up the USC.
Do you think that these claims you know to sort of go to the race plays a -- of the gender plays.
Her Susan Rice undermine her I mean.
You know -- do we have I haven't women and women of color be able to go out there and take their licks.
You know on on the substance or not you know just based on the substance of what they -- And as I understood -- this was a very -- press conference.
That is the it was -- Looking -- us -- about it most I can tell you without fear of contradiction and I think.
At least most Democrats and I believe some some Republicans in the house would say.
That they're -- investigation going on perhaps we ought to treat this matter the way Democrats -- did not eleven.
We didn't say this the president and your intelligence advises how come you didn't see the worst attack.
And in American history what we said was we want an investigation if you'll recall the Bush Administration.
A investigation until they finally had to do it.
That it seems to me is where where the issue should be and there -- real issues here yeah wind with the security bloc was.
Allowed to go to an outpost that was completely undefended.
Even now we have no nobody has been taken into custody that we -- -- now and yet.
But the -- -- they that the they are members of the senate trying to destroy.
The career of a real -- Career public servant.
I was the youngest.
Assistant secretary -- and in the history of the United States both scholar and I hope they get it to.
Man thank you so much for being here we appreciate it.
Of course all of us -- you.