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Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is interviewed in Boca Raton, Florida, in this May 10, 2012 file photo. Rice says that she is withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State to avoid a lengthy, costly Senate confirmation battle. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/Files

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is interviewed in Boca Raton, Florida, in this May 10, 2012 file photo. Rice says that she is withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State to avoid a lengthy, costly Senate...more

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is interviewed in Boca Raton, Florida, in this May 10, 2012 file photo. Rice says that she is withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State to avoid a lengthy, costly Senate confirmation battle. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/Files
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to members of the media in San Francisco in this February 10, 2011 file photo. Rice says that she is withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State to avoid a lengthy, costly Senate confirmation battle. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to members of the media in San Francisco in this February 10, 2011 file photo. Rice says that she is withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State to avoid a lengthy, costly Senate...more

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to members of the media in San Francisco in this February 10, 2011 file photo. Rice says that she is withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State to avoid a lengthy, costly Senate confirmation battle. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files
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