John Kerry faces hearing for secretary of state post, armed with bipartisan support
January 24th, 2013
03:55 AM ET

John Kerry faces hearing for secretary of state post, armed with bipartisan support

Nine years after his presidential bid ended in defeat, John Kerry's political career might take a major turn Thursday during his hearing to become the next secretary of state.

The longtime senator from Massachusetts could sail to an easy confirmation, as politicians from both parties expressed optimism he would win approval.

"Over these many years, John's earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job-training," President Barack Obama said when he nominated Kerry last month.

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