Bachmann and Cravaack say Obama shouldn’t nominate Rice for State

WASHINGTON – House Republicans, including Minnesota U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack, stepped up their campaign against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and comments she made immediately after the Sept. 11 attack on an American diplomatic compound in Libya.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Bachmann, Cravaack and 95 other House Republicans say Rice “propagated a falsehood” that the attacks were unplanned. Republicans have suggested that the Obama administration sought to conceal whether an Islamic militia group was behind the attack, which killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Rice’s name has been floated as a potential Secretary of State in the second Obama administration but the House Republicans’ letter says all 97 will oppose any effort elevate Rice to the nation’s top diplomatic post.

That means very little as cabinet nominees are confirmed by the Senate, not the House. Also, neither Rep. Mike Rogers, the chair of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, nor Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, are signers of the letter.

Cravaack’s attempt for a second term ended earlier this month with his defeat by former Rep. Rick Nolan, so this letter also represents what is likely to be one of Cravaack’s last forays into the world of foreign affairs.

  • Rich

    So far with Obama we have had all the nonsense about his birth certificate, Fast and Furious, and now Benghazi (have I forgotten anything?). Their indignation is always righteous and way over the top.

    I wonder if it ever occurred to republicans that perhaps they just need to do the job they have been given, and do it well. They seem confused about their job description. Everlasting investigations and continuous obstruction are not what they were elected to do

  • Bob

    @Rich – Funny how you lambast the Republicans for being righteous when all we’ve heard is hope and change…right into the ground. I’ll give you the birth certificate, but the Fast and Furious and Benghazi are just two of the latest examples of the many untruths our current administration has given us. Joe Wilson has Obama pegged correctly a long time ago.

  • K. Jacobs

    For a party that can boast a leader who is afraid to go over seas for fear of being charged with war crimes they’ve got a sack of guts. Is this the GOP Clinton strategy all over again, keep throwing things, hoping something will stick. Also, who are the 97 signers? I’d like to know if my representative signed it.

  • Bob

    Bachmann and Cravaack are irrelevant. Why give any credibility to their attempts to gain publicity? The only remaining question is when will the 6th district wake-up and get rid of Bachmann? She is a divisive opportunist who plays almost exclusively to the religious conservatives of that district. She spent $2 million in Iowa to win their straw poll which drew the Republican religious-right of that state to Ames, and I believe her congressional campaign was one of the most expensive in the country. Please 6th district voters, wake up! Bob