December 21st, 2012
10:50 AM ET

Obama nominates Kerry for Secretary of State

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry, the former presidential candidate who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to be the next secretary of state.

The senior senator from Massachusetts is noted for the experience, gravitas and relationship-building skills that could help him succeed Hillary Clinton, the outgoing top U.S. diplomat.

Kerry has traveled the globe on behalf of the Obama administration to mend frayed relationships. Most notably, he traveled to Pakistan after a series of incidents, including the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, that had set relations back.

He has support from Republicans as well as Democrats. The nomination will be sent to the Senate for confirmation.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. durak

    Why is Hillary going out? And why do they report "she received a concussion" instead of saying she fell and bumped her head or got Sunday punched by Bill?

    December 23, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  2. TzionSez

    Swift Boat diplomacy....just what America needs to become even more disrespected in the world.

    December 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply

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