December 21st, 2012
01:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama nominates John Kerry to be secretary of state

Washington (CNN) - 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 having the experience, gravitas and relationship-building skills that could help him succeed Hillary Clinton, the outgoing top U.S. diplomat.


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  1. Gerald Tinnon

    A perfect nomination. He LOOKS like a Secretary of State.

    December 21, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He has some experience with it. The question is how much of a fight did the president want. From the appearances of things, he didn't want any fight. I can understand that. The question is who will replace Kerry in the Senate.

    December 21, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. rs

    Kerry will be good- however with the GOP in full disfunction mode it is almost a certainty Kerry will receive a bolck from one of the mighty midgets of the GOP Senate membership.

    December 21, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Sniffit

    "The question is who will replace Kerry in the Senate."

    Well, McCain, Graham and Ayotte certainly seem to think it will be Scott Brown. Won't do the GOP much good anyway since we'll still be able to change the filibuster without them.

    December 21, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |

    This won't change the fact that Hilary Clinton and Pres. Obama will still need to answer questions about Benghazi, under oath – and the Christmas break won't make it go away.

    December 21, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "The question is who will replace Kerry in the Senate."
    Edward Kennedy, Jr.

    December 21, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |