Susan Rice, the potential Democratic candidate for the position of vice president, is considered one of the country’s leading experts on foreign policy. But while her experience will benefit her, it will also provide Republicans with a clear strike plan ahead of the November election.
The foreign policy expert was nominated by President Barack Obama as the ambassador of the United Nations, a nomination unanimously confirmed by the Senate at the time.
But her time as UN ambassador – from 2009 to 2013 – and then as a national security advisor to Mr. Obama, until 2017, has been questioned by Republicans – specifically. is her role in the Benghazi attacks.
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US outposts in Benghazi, Libya, were attacked in September 2012, resulting in the deaths of four US citizens, including Ambassador J Christopher Stevens.
Following the attack jointly carried out by members of the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia, Ms. Rice conducted several television interviews saying the attack was “spontaneously inspired” by Violent protests in Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Rice later said she made that claim based on US intelligence at the time.
In her book there is the title Tough loveMs. Rice, 55, expressed regret when she appeared on television after attacks against Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, announced last year.
“I believe Hillary Clinton and Tom Donilon appreciate what I haven’t done yet: The first person to tell the public about a political tragedy is likely to come at a cost,” she wrote.
The Republican Party said Ms. Rice purposefully deceived the public at the time, but none of the 10 investigations carried out into the attack uncovered any member of the administration. Obama is not behaving properly.
A series of accusations followed Ms. Rice after Benghazi, prompting her to remove herself from consideration of succeeding Clinton as secretary of state. But it still encouraged Mr. Obama to appoint her as his national security adviser.
During her time at the White House, Ms. Rice forged a strong working relationship with then-Vice President Joe Biden, whom she said frequently stopped by her office to discuss key word topics. foreign policy to personal matters.
“My favorite, unannounced guest, is Vice President Joe Biden,” wrote Mrs. Rice Tough love.
They have worked together on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – since being canceled by Donald Trump – with other members of the Obama administration. Ms. Rice also helped the US with their efforts in the Paris climate deal, with which Mr. Trump also pulled the country out of his presidency.
Mr. Biden repeatedly said during his mate hunt that he was looking for someone with whom he had a close personal relationship, similar to what he shared with President Obama. The relationship he formed with Ms. Rice when both were members of the Obama administration helped put her at the top of his list.
But Ms. Rice is currently the target of not one but two investigations in Congress. While neither of them presented evidence of misconduct on the part of the foreign policy expert, becoming Biden’s vice presidential nomination would only intensify attacks from Republicans. and rekindled Benghazi’s allegations.
Another Republican source stems from an email she sent herself during her final days with the Obama administration, which detailed a meeting in the Oval Office a few weeks earlier with Mr. Biden. Mr. Obama and then-FBI Director James Comey. During the meeting, they expressed concern about Michael Flynn’s contact with the Russians in the weeks before the former general took on his role as a national security advisor to Trump.
Mr Trump and his allies confirmed the email showed evidence of the Obama administration’s attempt to ensnare Flynn, but so far the idea is still a conspiracy theory, titled “Snooze” of the president. incumbent, instead of presenting any evidence of collusion.
“It doesn’t matter if what Republicans are accusing her of are bulls. It’s important that people turn on Fox News every day and see ‘Susan Rice’, ‘corruption’ and ‘Obamagate’ at the bottom of the screen, ”said a veteran Democrat campaign strategist. The Independent.
Ms. Rice married former ABC News CEO Ian, Cameron, born in Canada in 1992 after the couple met while they were students at Stanford University. They have two children together: a daughter and a son.
Her son, John David Rice-Cameron, followed in his parents’ footsteps while attending Stanford University. But his political career was different, as he became the chairman of the Republican party at Stanford University and hosted events like “Make Stanford Great Again”.
Ms. Rice told NPR: “I have a 23-year-old son that I love deeply, has a very, very different political perspective from me and the rest of our family. “My son and I will have some strong disagreements over some of the policy issues, not all. And in the end, you know, I love him dearly, and he loves me too ”.
Ms. Rice found herself one of the senior Democrats in the Obama administration after first wanting to become a US senator as a child.
But while growing up in Washington DC, she discovered that her hometown lacked representation in Congress because it wasn’t seen as a state in America – a determination that could change in the coming years.
Instead, she had a deep record of foreign policy even though she had never held an elected position, but her qualities first made her an unexpected choice to weigh. reminded to be a candidate for Mr. Biden.
After graduating with a degree in history at Stanford University and later becoming a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University at the age of 21, Ms. Rice joined the Bill Clinton administration.
She served for the first time on President Clinton’s National Security Council for four years from 1993 to 1997 before transferring to the State Department until 2001 as the Assistant Secretary of State for European affairs. Africa.
Although Ms. Rice has long supported the Clintons, but instead, she supported President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election when he was running for Hillary Clinton, making her judged by Mr. Obama. high after he was elected.
Her arguments gave the reason that Mr. Obama was always a staunch opponent of the Iraq War while Senator Hillary Clinton was in favor of sending troops. Mrs. Clinton later expressed regret for taking that vote.
Before talking about Mrs. Rice becoming Biden’s chosen candidate, the former Obama administration adviser pointed out that she might run with Susan Collins, a Republican in Maine, in race to the US Senate in 2020 – an announcement that will honor her childhood dream. Six months after showing interest in the race, Ms. Rice decided not to participate.
Choosing not to run may benefit her as she can now be the first black woman to run for vice president with a large party ticket. If she and Mr. Biden win against Trump / Pence, Ms. Rice will become the first woman and the first black person to serve as vice president, with the opportunity to advance her political career for years to come.