Guessing game over next secretary of state
Debate over who will get Cabinet spot
- Duration 5:45
- Date Nov 29, 2012
Debate over who will get Cabinet spot
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-- all kinds of speculation right now over who President Obama will nominate to be the nation's top diplomat as you know secretary of state Hillary Clinton is stepping down.
At the end of president Obama's first term.
On the short list UN ambassador Susan Rice as well as Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.
-- -- making the rounds on Capitol Hill these days meeting with lawmakers who have been critical comments she made about the terror attack in -- -- that killed four Americans.
But those meetings did not go very well or so would seem from the comments we heard from senators afterwards.
Senator Kerry meantime seems to be taking a very different approach staying out of the spotlight even asking supporters not to overtly lobby on his behalf.
So who's likely to get the job.
And we'll go out as a Fox News political analyst Marjorie Clifton a former consultant to the Obama campaign and a principal.
With -- consulting.
Interesting thing here Marjorie is that if there are to be let's say -- president Obama nominate Susan writes and she is had a meeting.
His first choice.
The guy who leads the hearing -- on the foreign affairs committee that would be Senator Kerry who.
Yeah now -- -- the irony of it all but I will say.
Kerry's strategy of staying under the -- -- radar probably is a good one and at the only thing that I think would be a barrier to Susan rice's nomination would be the thing got the coverage which.
You know -- one could argue it's pretty unfair given that all she did was read a unified statement by all of the national security entities.
But you have to look at who she is an end what this means for the good of the country and I think that's why we have to sort -- politics and those issues aside.
She brings a 21 century approach.
Two foreign policy and also one that isn't in step with the President Obama she also has a great deal of passion.
For human rights for human dignity and what John Kerry -- passion for nobody's really sure is kind of you know what Vanilla sky but.
You know I think -- she also understands issues of poverty and pandemic -- how those play into.
National security and foreign policy.
Well on the other hand as Senator McCain says John Kerry came within a whisker.
Of being president of the United States Angela Senator McCain went on to say say this he said I'd love to hear he make his case.
I don't have anything in his background like this tragedy and Ben Ghazi that would make me really want to carefully examine the whole situation that -- thing is dogging Susan writes.
It is -- Susan Rice and I think -- Kerry warned the nominee he would have smooth sailing through because in Washington DC Jan these guys are friends behind the scenes.
And if Susan Rice is the nominee wouldn't have partisan politics all over again he's even had the liberal mainstream media.
Already bashing Republicans some calling.
Bob Dem race isn't -- a fact that they won't support Susan Rice is the fact that she's a black -- and it's not about race.
It's about being Ghazi and she went on the air.
Issued light and now she's trying to back panel and it's not helping her.
Case at all well but what I will say is that you -- Condoleezza Rice who was she was confirmed by the senate 85 to thirteen.
And what Democrats that and -- that a time where she was under a lot of scrutiny for.
The war and bringing us into war that they didn't feel you know we actually -- reason that he's not -- -- didn't like not anything my dear she did well no but what about let's be fair what was Susan Rice did was read a statement and that was something that yet.
Frankly if if anything fingers need to -- point it would go to Hillary Clinton because.
Got that security -- to her lap that was not Susan Rice -- responsibility at that time.
So I never want to look at me and an NSA is Susan Rice was a good foot soldier -- administration I admire -- Walt Skyler.
And she ended very experienced lady -- going but there are.
The senate for confirmation you know it's going to be partisan politics you know I slightly inclined to be played.
And a female card is gonna play the black caucus and women's caucus there I'm ready to protect.
Well but we didn't think about I think is is what does this mean for the good of the country though and I think President Obama having someone in the same way.
That Democrats got behind Condoleezza Rice is nomination saying look our president needs to have someone.
That they are in tune with and that is good for them in their cabinet and Susan Rice is that woman and I think it should be I will say on the woman thing that yes I think is Madeleine Albright.
And and Marie slaughter let's talk about -- -- grandkids and their children didn't know that a man could actually be secretary of state and and interestingly Madeleine Albright was UN ambassador before she became secretary say there's something to that experience but I think that but -- does -- -- that the country is already healing from their racial division that was used.
In this election and I don't believe that we should have to go through it again because that's what they're going to do.
They're already Scott and Al sharpton's radio program they get a whole segment -- Susan Rice yesterday talking about why Republicans.
This lady to be secretary of state you know them talking about the last election I wanna throw this question a Marjorie first that when we essentially heard from the Obama campaign that Mitt Romney wasn't qualified or shouldn't become president because he's this you know rich white guy from Massachusetts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
I guess that disqualifies you from the presidency but it's okay to make you secretary of state -- Apparently I don't know I mean that's -- -- find you know I think again I think John Kerry is qualified.
But the question is are they gonna bring that passion -- they gonna bring that extra charisma that frankly is needed into the role.
The funny thing and Arnie Duncan apparently was also rumored to to be nominated he said he'd it's more likely to become a stripper than secretary -- -- -- -- -- -- -- His name has been thrown a last round as well I have done hunt -- -- and no yeah I mean -- Susan Rice again I think.
That Obama is going to nominate her and is rumored that John Kerry.
Might be secretary of defense okay we're gonna leave it there and we'll see I mean it's -- president's choice to make we'll see which choice.
He does -- thank you both Marjorie Clinton Angela Angela thank you think yeah.