Rice withdraws from Secretary of State consideration; who will succeed Clinton?

Dec 13, 2012

US United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice Speaks To The Press After Meeting On Syria

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media after a U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria on May 30, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has officially withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State. Current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to depart at the end of this term; Rice was one of the most talked about contenders for her position.

Rice has relevant experience with international affairs and is known to have a close relationship with President Obama. Still, her prospects stood on shaky ground after Republicans in Congress began to question her leadership skills in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in Libya. John McCain led a GOP crusade against Rice, saying he would do anything it took to prevent her nomination to the Secretary of State position. Rice acknowledged the opposition to her nomination in her withdrawal letter, saying that she had become “convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly.”

So who is still being considered to fill Clinton’s shoes? Massachusetts Senator and former Presidential candidate John Kerry has long been considered the best choice to succeed Clinton as Secretary of State. The position of Secretary of State requires expertise in international affairs, experience with diplomacy, and an effective working relationship with the Commander-in-Chief. Who should be nominated for President Obama’s next term? What kinds of qualifications should the ideal candidates have? 


Edward-Isaac Dovere, deputy White House editor, Politico

Edward Mihalkanin
, Associate Professor of Political Science, Texas State University, author of “American Statesmen: Secretaries of State from John Jay to Colin Powell” (Greenwood, 2004)

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