Rice Out As Secretary Of State Candidate; Sen. Kerry The Frontrunner?

Originally posted on CBS Boston:

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BOSTON (CBS) – U.N. ambassador Susan Rice is officially withdrawing her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Rice was considered a top contender for the position before finding herself at the center of a controversy surrounding her account of the attack on the American Embassy in Libya on September 11.

In a statement, President Obama acknowledged that he had “accepted” Rice’s decision to remove her name from consideration, and expressed “every confidence” in her ability to “serve our country now and in the years to come.”

Rice’s withdrawal immediately renewed speculation about Massachusetts Senator John Kerry being the next Secretary of State.

WBZ-TV Political Editor Jon Keller says Sen. Kerry is now seen by most political insiders as the frontrunner for the job.

(Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Kerry is currently the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He…

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