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Susan Rice drops bid to be next secretary of state

Susan Rice drops bid to be next secretary of state 14 Dec 2012 Susan Rice, the embattled United Nations ambassador, abruptly withdrew herself from consideration Thursday to be the next secretary of state after a bitter, weeks-long standoff with Republican senators who declared they would vigorously fight her nomination. The announcement makes Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, the likely choice to be the nation's next top diplomat when Hillary Rodham Clinton departs. Support for Rice had been waning.