RUSH: Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from the running to be the next secretary of state. The thing is, she was never nominated. I think this whole thing has been a giant distraction. I think Obama wanted somebody else in there all along. Now, I could be wrong about that, and she may have really wanted it. But now she has become a liability. If, in fact, it was legitimate. If he wanted her and she wanted it, they've told her to go pound sand now, and that's purely because of Benghazi. They simply do not want any hearings on Benghazi, and they wouldn't be able to avoid it if she's up there as secretary of state.
So it looks like the old white guy network in the Senate is gonna nominate John Kerry, who, by the way, served in Vietnam. And Senator McCain is all for John Kerry. Do you know they're buddies? McCain is in favor of Kerry being secretary of state. Somebody the other day suggested, maybe it was just today, a bipartisan compromise and nominate Colin Powell to be secretary of state again. What would be bipartisan about that? He's not a Republican. I mean, he says he is, but he's not. But I have read -- I've got the story here in the Stack -- that if John Kerry, who, by the way, served in Vietnam, is nominated, that the swift boat guys are gonna maybe gear back up and oppose it. Wouldn't that be great? Oh, my gosh, folks, the left would just flip. It was Newt that suggested Colin Powell. That's right. It was Newt that suggested Colin Powell, a bipartisan compromise.
RUSH: Susan Rice last night on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. He played a portion of his interview with Susan Rice, and then he asked her, "Why was it you that Sunday morning?" Why did they send you out there to every Sunday show, five of them? "Of all the people in government, why the US Ambassador the United Nations answering questions about the attack at Benghazi?"
RICE: Secretary Clinton had originally been asked by most of the networks to go on. She had had an incredibly grueling week dealing with the protests around the Middle East and North Africa. I was asked. I was willing to do so. It wasn't what I had planned for that weekend originally, but I don't regret doing that.
RUSH: Did you hear what she just said there? She said they asked her to go 'cause Hillary was tired. Hillary Clinton had originally been asked by most of the networks to go on. It was Obama who shut it down. Obama wanted Susan Rice out there. He wanted somebody far away from the story telling this lie that it was the video that led to the unrest. Somebody close to it woulda had a little bit tougher time with any credibility telling the lie. But you get Susan Rice, she's distant. She is the UN ambassador, got nothing to do with Benghazi, not in the State Department. She has no representation at the consulate or at Benghazi, send her out there, and so Brian Williams said, "Why send you?" "Well, you know, Hillary, she originally was asked, but she really had a grueling week. I mean, dealing with protests in the Middle East and North Africa, she was really tired." And that reminded me of this.
HILLARY: Let us say with one voice, the words of James Cleveland's great freedom hymn: "I don't feel no ways tired. I come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don't believe he brought me this far to leave me."
RUSH: "I don't feel no ways tired." And yet she was too tired and beleaguered to head out there on the Sunday shows to explain what happened in Benghazi. So Hillary, "I do feel in some ways tired." And that's your leading Democrat presidential candidate for 2016. She's been tired for how many weeks now? Hillary has been tired for how many weeks so she can't go on and explain? It's been two and a half months, and she's been two tired to talk about Benghazi.