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Susan Rice takes her name out of running for Secretary of State

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(CNN) – U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for Secretary of State.

This is part of what she wrote to President Obama:

I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I am fully confident that I could serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country.

Obama said in a statement:

“For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant.”

Rice had been considered a front-runner to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation’s top diplomat.