NewsNation | December 03, 2012
>>> we could soon learn who the president wants to be the next secretary of state. chuck todd says a decision could come this week, but as we get closer to a decision, the partisan divide over the potential nomination of susan rice , considered the front-runner, seems to be intensifying.
>> when it comes to susan rice as far as lindsey graham is concerned i find great fault with what she said on 16th of september. in other areas i find her lacking when it comes to being the best choice of secretary of state.
>> this is a strong, smart, capable, accomplished woman, and i think that there's too many people over there that are looking for a scalp.
>> let me bring in mark murray . what's the latest on the time line? chuck todd said perhaps this week, the ap is indicating sometime in the month of december. what do you know?
>> tamron, we are all bracing right now this week for a potential pick on secr state. i would note that the longer this goes on is maybe not potentially great news for susan rice only because she almost be considered to be left out in the wind. right now as we saw last week it was pretty tough particularly after her meetings with senators john mccain , kelly ayotte , lindsey graham , susan collins . if the white house really wants to put her in the position and get her confirmed, they probably want to rip that band-aid off and do it soon. anything later might be tougher for her just because there's a drip drip of information that could end up hurting her candidacy.
>> i want to plak a jokey joke moment between senator john kerry and senator mccain .
>> senator mccain .
>> thank you very much, mr. secretary.
>> thank you very much, mr. president. this is what happens when you get two losers up here, folks. we're just having fun .
>> they're just having fun . obviously, though, a little sensitivity. folks in d.c. wanted to be clear they know that was a joking moment. nevertheless you know folks when you hear these things they wonder what's next for senator kerry.
>> one of the big parlor games is a lot of democrats believe that one of the reasons you had republicans go so hard after susan rice is they would prefer to see john kerry at secretary of state mainly because that would trigger a special election in massachusetts with former senator and outgoing senator scott brown waiting in the wings to make get that position back. you know, looking even at that press conference, tamron, you know we've had this conversation before. john kerry 's been nothing but a loyal soldier to the obama white house throughout this whole thing.
>> absolutely. mark, thank you very