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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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Rice: 'I didn't want to be part of a politicised process'

Susan Rice speaking to NBC's Brian Williams on Rock Center Credit: NBC News

Susan Rice has said that it was the best thing for the American people that she step out of the race to be US Secretary of State.

Speaking to NBC's Brian Williams, she said:

"Today I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people, that I not continue to be considered by the President for nomination for secretary of state.

"I didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicised and very disruptive, because there are so many things we need to get done as a country."

Watch the full interview on NBCNews.com.

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