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Report: Kerry May Have Edge For State Post

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, appears to be the front-runner to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton now that Susan Rice has withdrawn, insiders said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Kerry, chairman of the chamber’s Foreign Relations Committee, would be a “popular choice with the Senate,” CNN reported Friday.

Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew from consideration for the post Thursday, saying she didn’t want a drawn-out, polarizing nomination process because of remarks she made days after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic employees died.

In the initial interviews following the Sept 11 attack, Rice called the violence part of “a spontaneous reaction” against an U.S.-produced anti-Islam video. Reports later indicated the violence resulted from a planned terrorist attack. Republicans suggested Rice intentionally misled the public to shield President Obama politically in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.

“I don’t regret doing it,” Rice told NBC News. “When you’re a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens and it related to the work we do, it’s our obligation to explain it as best we can to the American people.”

Kerry, who was attacked over his war record by Republicans and GOP-supporting allies during his 2004 presidential run, recalled that experience in a statement about Rice, CNN said.

“As someone who has weathered my share of political attacks and understands on a personal level just how difficult politics can be, I’ve felt for her throughout these last difficult weeks, but I also know that she will continue to serve with great passion and distinction,” Kerry said.

In her interview with NBC News, Rice said she didn’t want a polarized and politicized nomination process “because there are so many things we need to get done as a country, and the first several months of a second-term president’s agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done.”

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    This is typical, predictable utopian b s, folks. First, Susan Rice was never nominated, let alone put through any wringer. Therefore, the media and the W H are STILL in the same rotting bed. Second, John (find me another RICH woman) Kerry is more suited to greeting people at the front door of a WalMart.
    While a ‘candidate’ doesn’t need any qualification other than a desire to be a utopian progressive for that “job,” this might be a step up for Kerry. Oh, did he ever pay any taxes for that YACHT he keeps off the coast of Massachusetts?
    While he didn’t attend any Vinceremos Brigade sessions in Cuba [like Bubba and Billary did], he’s already found a “friend” in Horse’s Ass McCain. Kerry doesn’t serve any particular purpose in the Senate (did he ever?). It will be neat to see those heroes who served FULL tours in Vietnam [Kerry didn't] to remind America that Kerry is more suited to working on an assembly line in Detroit. Once again, the Peter Principle is alive and well in the District of Corruption. In conclusion, how long did it take for Kerry to become FILTHY RICH during all those years in Washington? Qualified, my aching _____.

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