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US Senate panel approves Kerry for secretary of state

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) testifies during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to be secretary of state, on Capitol Hill in Washington,

U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) testifies during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to be secretary of state, on Capitol Hill in Washington,

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Kerry on Tuesday won the unanimous support of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday to replace Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama's new secretary of state.

The full Senate was expected to confirm Kerry later on Tuesday.

The five-term senator and 2004 failed presidential candidate has broad support from fellow Democrats as well as Republicans in the Senate.

In a signal of the strong support for Kerry, the committee members signed a resolution praising Kerry's work in the Senate before they voted to support his confirmation.

"It is a lengthy recitation of an incredible career here in the Senate, some tremendous accomplishments on behalf of the nation and a recognition of how you are going to be an incredible secretary of state," said Senator Robert Menendez, of New Jersey, who will replace Kerry as committee chairman.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, did not attend the session.

Kerry came into the room shortly after the vote, to loud applause from the committee members. Moved by their support, he said, "I'm honored beyond words," before making brief remarks about the importance of the committee going forward on issues like Middle East peace.

"What a privilege to work with you and now to work with you in a different way. I thank you, very, very much," Kerry said.

Comments

ilovealbany 1 year, 8 months ago

So does every failed democratic presidential candidate get to become SOS as a door prize or something??? Who's next, Dukakis?

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

Wonderful, we have such an honest person as a canidate for Secretary of State. An individual that put himself in for a Silver Star for guounding a Swift boat to retrieve an RPG. While several others were written up for Court Martial for endangering the Boat and crew by grounding a PBR for doing much the same thing. Is this really the type of individual we want in any Governemnt capacity? Of course I have asked the same question previously, and been amazed at his continued career.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

And don't forget, he's the richest person in the Government. Richer than Mitt Romney even. But don't wait for the mainstream news media to mention it. It doesn't fit the slant.

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