Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

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FILE - This April 14, 2012 file photo shows U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaking at U.N. headquarters. With congressional opposition softening, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice could find her name in contention as early as this week to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Her nomination to the top Cabinet job could signal the potential for a more robust intervention in world crises in President Barack Obama�s second term. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 4:47 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state after the embattled U.N. ambassador ran into a standoff with Republicans over an attack on Americans in Libya.

President Barack Obama, in a statement, said he accepted Rice's decision to remove her name from consideration. Obama decried what he called "unfair and misleading attacks" on Rice in recent weeks.

A person familiar with the deliberations said support has been trending away from Rice for the past few days.

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is perceived internally to be the front-runner for the secretary of state position.

Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is also seen as the front-runner for Obama's next defense secretary.

The person familiar with the deliberations requested anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations.

Click here to see the letter Rice sent to Pres. Obama.


 

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