The Last Word | December 13, 2012
>> okay massachusetts , are you ready for another scott brown senate campaign?
>> there are so many things we need to get done.
>> today i made the decision.
>> withdrawing her own name.
>> not to continue to be considered.
>> she had to remove her name.
>> to be the next secretary of state .
>> to be the best thing for our country.
>> i don't believe she deserves to be promoted.
>> i don't trust her.
>> this is not going to help republicans at all.
>> there are so many things we need to get done.
>> most of you want compromise.
>> the two sides are talking.
>> let's get real.
>> let really get real.
>> tensions in washington are nearing critical mass .
>> here we are at the 11th hour.
>> 18 days.
>> the republicans sent a letter.
>> we made a reasonable offer.
>> it is this issue spending.
>> let's all take a deep breath.
>> voters trust the president to handle negotiation.
>> are we back to square one?
>> here we are again.
>> the president is not serious about cutting spending.
>> it doesn't make seps.
>> but to give a tax cut to the wealthiest people .
>> i have no idea.
>> we have clarity on that.
>> today after un ambassador susan rice withdraw her bid for secretary of state . john kerry got lesser to becoming secretary of state .
>> tonight there were two people on the list two minus one is one.
>> in other words, senator john kerry is virtually certain to be nominated secretary of state . here is senator kerry tonight.
>> and i'm going to continue to do my work.
>> senator kerry's statement red are in part as someone who was weathered my share of political attacks and understands how difficult politics can be.
>> i know that she will continue to serve with great distinction and passion.
>> today i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people that i not continue to be considered by the president for a nomination of secretary of state . i didn't want to see a process that was very prolonged and distracting and disruptive. because there are so many things we need to get done as a country.
>> ambassador rice said this.
>> did you want the job?
>> i would have been very honored to serve in that job. yes, sure. how can you not want to serve at the highest possible level?
>> republican senators have reserve theed the nomination but they have welcomed the possible nomination of senator john kerry the current chairman of the committee that holds the hearings for the secretary of state .
>> i think it works in his favor, but i love to hear him make his case. but i don't have anything in his background like this tragedy in benghazi that would make me want to examine the whole situation.
>> i think john kerry would be an excellent appointment and would be confirmed by his colleagues.
>> if the president wants an easy confirm nation hearing.
>> massachusetts would have to hold a special election to fill his seat. scott brown lost his race to elizabeth warren .
>> during his farewell speech yestarerday yesterday.
>> victory and defeat is temporary.
>> depending on what happens and where we go, all of us may meet again.
>> after learning about ambassador rice's withdraw the party tweeted bring it on hash tag massachusetts senates. the democrats got cute when john kerry was running for senate. they created this thing where you have to have an erosion. and then 150 days or somewhere you have this election. and so, it looks like the democrats feel confident enough that they can hold on to the seat.
>> oops. here comes scott brown again. i think this is so irritating. you have the republican members of the senate deciding who the next secretary of state is. rather than admitting who the call is. you know washington is that senators prefer other senators and they would rather have a sweet deal. democrats say they are confident they can win another special election . but the whole thing smells.
>> the last time i heard a confirmation hearing.
>> he is the chairman of the committee that confirms the treasury secretary okay? and so we had to run the hearing even though the chairman is done there as the witness. bob dole said why don't we vote before the hearing started?
>> the whole thing has his bros helping bros grossness to it. john kerry would be great and is a member of the same club. the other thing about the story that is jaw dropping is here is someone who has a record serving the government jun none of which came to bear on the secretary of state . her record crafting africa policy for much of the krin ton years which was subject to critiq critique, none of it had anything to do with anything except the base scalp. and she was attacked for what she said on a tv talkshow by people all of whom have lied on talkshows at certain points. saying your entire career comes down to his one exchange on television. and an attack by the guy who does nothing else but go on sunday talkshows. i guess he is an expert of how you do it right. she was not in super advisory capacity over. she was giving the talking points like john mccain does when he goes on sunday talkshows. it was so small but this is why people hate washington .
>> here is what we don't know. i think we can assume there were two names on the list. and what we don't know is in a world with no static, what was president obama 's first choice? in this environment, assuming the president's choice was john kerry , not by default, how would you handle it?
>> you would ask susan rice to publicly withdraw from consideration rather than appear to reject her. there is a lot of reporting right now which is usually what happens. there is more communication. that this wasn't something done freelance. it was honest. of course i wanted the job. it is secretary of the state . let's not pretend that i didn't want the job. the question to me is, how much does the secretary of state affect u.s. foreign policy and diploemsy. but we never have gotten to any of that and it is the stupidity of our conversation and on foreign policy , no one wants to talk about the stuff that is happening.
>> on the scott brown campaign, he is up against something tough. he has expressed an interest in this. i in vided him on the show tonight. he has cash on hand for his campaign. $3,142,000. scott brown has $464,000. i don't believe scott brown can catch up. i don't believe he can appeal to the state of massachusetts statewide the way ed marke can. and in this time, yes, he just ran and you can argue he still has infrastructure in place. b but when he ran against them, if marke doesn't run, then he don't have a bet. when you look ahead to the governor's race, in massachusetts . which is the our office, and it is not a super strong field and the fact that there is not a hugely strong field, has been the background sub text of this fight. so i agree with you. i don't think scott brown is anything but a sure bet . but at the same time, it is not clear if there is something formidable.
>> thank you for joining me tonight. coming up. a republican congressman will join me to talk about what happens if we do know through the fiscal curb. and later, a last word exclusive. the warrants of jordon davis shot and killed in florida last month.