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Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

1:41 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state after the embattled U.N. ambassador ran into a standoff with Republicans over an attack on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.

The Associated Press

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