Worries persist over confirmation of Rice

Condoleezza Rice's appointment as US Secretary of State appears to be certain, but reports outlined the harsh interrogation she received from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Condoleezza Rice's appointment as US Secretary of State appears to be certain, but reports outlined the harsh interrogation she received from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Most often, reports highlighted a rare admission by Rice that some decisions made in Iraq were wrong. Senators appeared concerned that Rice would be a mouthpiece for the Bush administration, but the media conveyed assurances from Rice that she would give independent advice to President Bush and not just follow the party line.

Most frequent messages

1. Rice admitted some mistakes were made with Iraq

2. Rice must be an independent advisor to the administration

3. Rice has not been clear on the reasons for going into Iraq

4. Democrats plan to delay Rice's confirmation

5. Rice will be the first black woman as Secretary of State

Based on 31 US newspaper and broadcast reports appearing January 19-20, 2005

Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International

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