Susan Rice says she is qualified to be Biden’s secretary of state

Rice is also hopeful the Democrats will seize control of the Senate.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice participates in a discussion October 14, 2016 at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a Friday interview with April Ryan on American Urban Radio Networks, Susan Rice said she would be qualified for a cabinet position under Joe Biden‘s leadership.

This assertion sparked rumors that Rice may be appointed to the position of secretary of state or secretary of defense if Biden were to defeat incumbent President Donald Trump this November.

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It is worth noting that Rice already held the position of national security advisor in former President Barack Obama‘s administration. Rice said it would be “kind of redundant” if Biden were to appoint her for the role again, The Hill reported.

Rice was one of the top contenders for Biden’s vice president, although he eventually chose California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate.

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When discussing further political changes, Rice said she is hopeful the Democrats will seize control of the Senate, which is currently controlled by the Republicans.

“This is up to the next president of the United States and the Senate, if these are going to be Senate-confirmed positions. So let’s just hold our horses here. Job one … is we got to get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected. That is vital. And we need to flip the Senate. And then Joe Biden needs to decide what team he wants around him and in what constellation,” she said.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) speaks with U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (L) at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the crisis in Syria on January 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

This is not the first time Rice was considered for a State Department position. In 2012, she disqualified herself to be then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s successor amid scandals about how the Obama administration handled the terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

As an alternative, Obama appointed her to become his national security adviser, a position that does not require Senate approval, Politico stated.

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