Obama nominates John Kerry to be secretary of state
December 21st, 2012
02:11 PM ET

Obama nominates John Kerry to be secretary of state

[Updated at 2:11 p.m. ET] 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 (pictured) 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.

"There are very few people with greater experience over a longer period of time," said Nicholas Burns, a former career ambassador who has served every secretary of state since Warren Christopher, and was most recently undersecretary for political affairs under Condoleezza Rice. "He would be a very, very impressive choice."

soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. maureen

    jesus not lurch

    December 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Snookie

    Anyone here with an iPhone know how to load all the comments instead of just the last three?

    December 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ snookie, talk to banasy, she would know. I believe she has said something about an email version. Ill ask her when i talk to her shortly.

    December 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snookie

      Yhanks Chrissy merry x-mas. Getting my girls over the holidays after 20 months of not seeing them. Can't wait. Hope everyone gets what they want/need as well. God bless 🙂

      December 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ snookie, she says she has a blackberry and she has to switch to regular version but she believes its the same for an iphone. But it takes lots longer to load, so good luck! And merry xmas and enjoy your time with your girls. God bless you and yours!

    December 24, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
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