January 29th, 2013
10:24 AM ET
10 years ago

Kerry nomination confirmed by committee

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday confirmed Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state. The panel approved the nomination unanimously, by a voice vote.

Kerry, the longtime senator from Massachusetts and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has served on the committee for decades and has served as the panel's chairman the past four years.

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President Barack Obama last month nominated Kerry to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat.

The full Senate is expected to confirm Kerry's nomination later Tuesday.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. much thunder.little rain

    great choice

    January 29, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. ?

    Glad to see congress working hard on both sides getting the business of the people done this week.
    Kerry will do well.

    January 29, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Wake up People!

    Did anyone think he wouldn't???

    January 29, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Don

    This guy throws his phony medals over the fence at the White House and lies about soldiers in Vietnam. When testified before Congress in 1971 his testimony was filled with lies. To make this anti-American Secretary of State is a slap to ALL veterans and a double slap in the face to the over 58,000 dead American GI's that lost their lives during the Vietnam war. What a disgrace.

    January 29, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Bob

    When is he going to answer questions about what happened on his swift boat???? The American people deserve to know the truth! Or were Republicans not really interested in what happened? Was their anger insincere?

    January 29, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Chuck

    So he finaly is going to Work for a living

    January 29, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. tonyl

    Whatever happened to the GOP right fanatics who were making up lies in the media about Kerry's record as a swift boat captain for which he won a purple heart, while he was running for the white house. That was a political smear campaign. They have nothing to say now because they have been proven to be 100% lies as GOP right wing is known to be. GOP is no longer a viable party. They have lost all the credibility.

    January 29, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Kathy

    So, is Kerry still docking his $7 million yacht in Rhode Island, which allows him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to his cash-strapped home state? Gosh, he's been one of those "1%" for years, one would think he wouldn't be a tax cheat.

    January 29, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    It could be worse. Had things gone the other way, we'd be watching a John Bolton nomination winding it's way through Congress.

    January 29, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. SuperD

    Hillary stunk so bad that Kerry has got to be an improvement.

    January 29, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. gligle

    Th only reason Republicans want Kerry in as Secretary of State is so that they have a chance of getting another seat in the Senate. Maybe Scott Brown will grab it?

    January 29, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. James

    In reality, Kerry should have been found guilty of treason because his false anti-american propaganda before congress led directly to the death of other soldiers serving in Vietnam. Tragically, these are the type people our current President thinks are our nations heroes.

    January 29, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Ted Nolan

    CNN is running all of those photos but somehow forget to include the Kerry/Hanoi Jane photo. How can that be?

    January 29, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. rs

    Wow! The GOP in the Senate actually DID something other than filibuster!

    BTW- James- it was John McCain who really wanted Kerry as Sect. of State.

    January 29, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Tamar

    Thank God for that, so we will have less war in next 4 years. Hillary loves wars.

    January 29, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Guest

    He certainly won't be missed in Massachusetts, he was a 'no show' his entire career. What's even scarier here in the Commonwealth is now that the inept Warren is the senior Senator. For those applauding Kerry's confirmation, obviously you don't live in Massachusetts!

    January 29, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. ...

    So the Republicans all approved Kerry too. Interesting...

    January 29, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |