Pres. Obama To Nominate Sen. John Kerry For Secretary Of State

After much speculation, looks like it’s a done deal. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is President Obama‘s pick to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. The announcement is expected on Friday afternoon, according to the New York Times.

Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, was expected to be the choice since UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration. Rice’s move came following a flurry of criticism surrounding the Sunday talk show appearances she made after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Kerry’s qualification for the position has also been touted by Republicans since then.

Some background on Kerry, via the New York Times:

An elder of the Democratic foreign-policy establishment, Mr. Kerry, 69, has long coveted the job of secretary of state. He built close ties to Mr. Obama, giving him the keynote speech assignment that helped begin his national political career at the Democratic convention in 2004 and becoming an early Senate supporter of Mr. Obama’s presidential run.

Mr. Kerry has carried out several diplomatic missions for the Obama administration, helping to persuade President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to agree to a run-off election in 2009. Early in the administration, he also tried to engage President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, who has waged a brutal crackdown on his own people as he fights to cling to power.

No announcements about the new Secretary of Defense or CIA director are expected on Friday, per the Times‘ report.

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