President Obama nominates Sen John F. Kerry as Secretary of State

  • US President Obama nominated Massachusetts Democratic Senator John F. Kerry to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as the US Secretary of State. He, however, has not named his nomination for the Defense Chief position. Kerry, 69, is a highly decorated Vietnam. President Obama said Kerry has “played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years...In a sense, John's entire life has prepared him for this role.” The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was, however, not Obama's first choice for the role. The nomination followed Susan Rice's withdrawal. Rice has been the US representative at the UN. Kerry's nomination is likely to pass through Senate confirmation easily as the veteran enjoys strong support at the Senate.

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