Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state
December 4th, 2012
07:37 AM ET
9 years ago

Rice vs. Kerry: Weighing the odds of being secretary of state

Washington (CNN) - It's a favorite game in Washington to weigh the odds of each potential nominee to a president's cabinet and that game is in full swing - especially in trying to anticipate President Barack Obama's choice for replacing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

With speculation mounting that President Obama may soon announce his nominee, two very well-known names - Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice - remain the two top possibilities. Each comes with strengths but with baggage as well.


Filed under: John Kerry • State Department • Susan Rice
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    .............Either one is FINE WITH ME. They both are GGOD APPLLES.

    December 4, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Good apples.

    December 4, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |

    Sen. Kerry needs to remain the senior senator from Massachusetts. Susan Rice at this moment, is the most qualified to hold the post of SecStat.

    December 4, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. Uchenna Steve.

    Tough choice..

    December 4, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. The fact is

    I don't like both of them. Find someone else who is more qualified and experienced.

    December 4, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Libdumb

    Two losers. Never would I abide by anything these liars try to impose on me. The privileged telling me where and why I would risk my life or my family to defend their BS!

    December 4, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Just a thought

    Hold on Sen. Kerry! We have a GOP'er out of a job in Mass. that would really like back into the Senate. We are not trying to add more stupidity to the Senate, we are trying to vote this critters out. Let them go do what Mittens did; work for some multi-national corporation as a lobbyist. These people are paid by the rich to steal from the middle class and poor. They don't need any help. The SOS should go to Amb. Rice. We have the Sec of Def job coming up soon. I think you'll like it.

    December 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. plain&simple

    Name Kerry,then beat the Republicans AGAIN in ANOTHER election for his seat!!! It's the only way to get the moderates in that party to stand up and be counted. Pound it into their stubborn little brains....they won't and don't get it until they see the obvious....YOU WON'T WIN ANOTHER ELECTION of national importance until you learn HOW do govern!!

    December 4, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. ST

    Why can't people wait until the name is announced? I am just having a good smile as the name will come as a surprise. Not the guessing folks are making now.

    December 4, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Obama will nominate Rice, the Senate will reject her, and then he will nominate Kerry, and Kerry will be approved.

    However, Obama won't nominate Kerry first, and simplify the process, because that removes a vote from the Senate, with no guarantee they can get the seat back.

    December 4, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. us1000

    senator kerry should not quit his present position. he should run again for president's in 2016. he won in 2004, but did not challenge. he is going to be president next time. secretary of state job may go against his next presidential election.

    December 4, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  12. plain&simple

    You see ...just read Rick McDaniel,that's what I'm talking about!!!

    December 4, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Just a thought

    Is there a chance that the Tea Potty, faux news, Rush Limp-burger crowd, will ever see the stark contrast how their ideas do not work and the president's ideas do work? If tax rates are higher, there is a higher probability the profits will be reinvested in the business. The Facts, The Proof is; Clinton higher tax rates $22m jobs created.....Bush lower tax rates -O- net jobs created.

    December 4, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    The gop just wants kerrys seat in congress for x senator brown in mass,that's why their fighting rice so bad ,they want Kerry for sec of state so his seat will be up for grabs .

    December 4, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Scott

    Wow, is this the best they have to offer, Kerry or Rice, both losers, and one so clueless she did not even realize that Libya was a terrorist attack. Either one of these stooges have no brains, its no wonder this country is the laughing stock among diplomats over seas.

    December 4, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. JohnWV

    Our inseparable ally could serve to rescue America from the dread Fiscal Cliff. Reducing the Jewish state's extorted subsidy (over a hundred billion dollars so far) to zero would also reduce international hostility toward America and thereby justify many more reductions.

    December 4, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. w l jones

    If a certain person wont a person for a job run the other way. Said enough.

    December 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. plain&simple

    Judging from the comments of some here...it is obvious they have no clue as to national security and what the CIA does.

    December 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |