Senate Confirms Rice as Secretary of State True, but she had 13 “no” votes. That’s the most “no” votes for a Secretary of State candidate since Henry Clay in the late 1800s.

  • James Jeffords of Vermont, the Senate’s only independent, said he cast his first-ever vote against a Cabinet-level nominee and called Rice “severely handicapped in her ability to be America’s chief diplomat.” He called her “a lead architect of our nation’s failed foreign policy and of the war in Iraq.”