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: '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

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