Senate's Debate on Rice Shows Divisions

The Senate began nine hours of debate Monday on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. The White House had hoped Rice would be confirmed by the Senate last week, before President Bush's inauguration. But several Democrats, including Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Barbara Boxer, declared they would vote against Condoleezza Rice's nomination. Her confirmation, however, is regarded as an eventual certainty.


Ken Rudin, NPR Senior Political Editor



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