Rice quits Secretary of State race

The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has told NBC News she is withdrawing from the race to succeed Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State.

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Obama: 'Susan will continue to serve as UN ambassador'

Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State.

I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues.

I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend.

– President Obama

While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first.

– President Obama

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