Hillary Clinton has long said that she will not serve a second term as President Barack Obama's secretary of state, and with her tenure coming to an end conflict has already arisen over Obama's likely nomination to replace her, current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.
Rice was in the thick of the controversy surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, initially insisting that the assault that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others was the result of a spontaneous protest that erupted over an amateur online video critical of Islam.
Among those expressing their concerns over Rice's nomination was U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who told CBS' Face the Nation: “I'm not entertaining, promoting anybody that I think was involved with the Benghazi debacle. We need to get to the bottom of it. The President has a lot of leeway with me and others when it comes to making appointments, but I'm not going to promote somebody who I think has misled the country or is incompetent. That's my view of Susan Rice.”
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) was also initially mentioned as a potential nominee for secretary of state, but is now being widely discussed as Leon Panetta's replacement as secretary of defense. The New York Times reported that while the White House would have less trouble sliding Kerry through the confirmation process, his departure from the Senate would leave his seat open to a Republican challenge, perhaps from former GOP Senator Scott Brown, who lost his own seat in the elections to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
If confirmed Rice would be the second black woman to serve as secretary of state, following Condoleezza Rice (no relation), who served under George W. Bush. Susan Rice, who worked in the Clinton administration as a National Security Council director, joined Obama's presidential campaign in 2007, helping Obama craft his foreign policy platform.
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