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Rice: 'It is the right step for this country I love'

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has written about her reasons for withdrawing from the race for Secretary of State, saying "it is the right step for this country I love.

Writing for the Washington Post, Rice said:

I made this decision because it is the right step for this country I love. I have never shied away from a fight for a cause I believe in.

But, as it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security.

– Susan Rice