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Obama nominates John Kerry to be next secretary of State

December 21, 2012|By Paul Richter | This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.)., whom President Obama will nominate as the next secretary of State.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.)., whom… (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated…)

WASHINGTON – President Obama nominated John F. Kerry, the five-term senator from Massachusetts, to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State on Friday, choosing a longtime political ally who shares much of his foreign policy worldview and is likely to sail through confirmation hearings.

Appearing with Kerry at the White House, Obama said the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had “played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for nearly 30 years.

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