Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly that she will not continue as Secretary of State....Word is that Susan Rice will be appointed to replace her. Susan Rice Emerging as Top Candidate to Succeed Hillary Clinton - SFGate John Kerry has also been mentioned as a possible candidate. Personally, I think Obama ought to think totally outside the box and appoint John Hunstman. He's bright, he's knowledgable, he's experienced, he's worked with Obama before and it would show a true committment to bipartisanship on behalf of both Dems and Republicans. I also think he's the most qualified person for the job.