President Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

President Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

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Senator John Kerry smiles as US President Barack Obama announces him as his choice for the next secretary of state on December 21, 2012 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Kerry will have to be confirmed by fellow senators before he can take on the role currently held by Hillary Clinton, but is seen as a strong candidate with wide foreign policy experience. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry's entire life "has prepared him for this role."
 
If confirmed, the Massachusetts Democrat would succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Obama's second-term Cabinet.
 
Clinton did not attend the Roosevelt Room announcement. She's recovering from a concussion sustained in a fall.
 
Obama said Kerry's political career and service has established him as a respected American voice around the globe. Obama said Kerry will not need on-the-job training.
 
Kerry has served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a decorated Vietnam veteran who was critical of the war effort when he returned home to the U.S.
 
He has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 1985.
 

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