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Reuters reports: "Swift approval had been expected as Massachusetts senator set to replace Hillary Clinton in country's top diplomatic post."

Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, speaking to New Hampshire students in 2003, was nominated to be secretary of state by President Barack Obama. (photo: Michael Springer/Getty Images)
Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, speaking to New Hampshire students in 2003, was nominated to be secretary of state by President Barack Obama. (photo: Michael Springer/Getty Images)



John Kerry Confirmed as Secretary of State in Landslide Senate Vote

By Reuters

30 January 13

 

ohn Kerry's nomination as President Barack Obama's new secretary of state sailed through the US Senate on Tuesday, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat.

The vote was 94-3 in favor. The two senators from Texas, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Oklahoma senator James Inhofe, all Republicans, were the only no votes.

Three senators did not vote. Kerry, the senior Democratic senator from Massachusetts, voted "present".

Kerry's easy confirmation had been expected. The Senate agreed to vote quickly after his confirmation hearing last week. The Foreign Relations Committee had voted unanimously by voice vote earlier on Tuesday to back his nomination.

The Senate's approval sets in motion a special election for Kerry's Massachusetts Senate seat. The five-term senator and losing presidential candidate in 2004 is expected to be sworn later this week.

Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations committee, said before the roll call that a heavy vote for Kerry would send a "strong message" to the rest of the world that he had the firm backing of the entire United States.

Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations committee, praised Kerry's testimony on Thursday. "I thought that Senator Kerry acquitted himself exceptionally well in the hearings that we had last week," he said on the Senate floor.

Kerry, beaming, was warmly congratulated by his fellow senators after the vote.

At the hearing of the Foreign Affair Committee, which he has chaired for four years, Kerry was visibly moved by applause and praise from his fellow senators.

"I'm honored beyond words," he said, before making brief remarks about the importance of the committee going forward on issues like Middle East peace.

Kerry, who became a US senator 28 years ago, said he will make a final speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

"What a privilege to work with you and now to work with you in a different way. I thank you very, very much," Kerry said.

 

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-3 # Dale 2013-01-30 09:47
Another Establisment figure dedicated to carrying out the Imperial Design.
 
 
-4 # SMoonz 2013-01-30 13:43
Yes, between his Yale S & B credentials and his Bilderberg sponsors, Kerry is doing exactly what he is being told to do. A run in 2016 shouldn't be a surprise.
 
 
-4 # Kayjay 2013-01-30 11:25
YAWWWWNNNNN, I reluctantly voted for this character in 2004 when he ran against Shrub. But he really is just another elitist rat. I really have to question his judgment as he choose Edwards as a running mate. He just has too much money, thanks to marrying up the economic ladder and time on his hands. And he loves the attention too much. I remember Kerry came out with his own book on climate change after all the ruckus over the Gore publication. Kerry jetted all around the country burning lots of jet fuel, admonishing people to walk and not drive etc. What a phony. And he has now dumped his current job and left the people of Massachusetts high and dry, while he furthers his own career.
 
 
0 # SMoonz 2013-01-30 13:44
He's been following the Bilderberg Conference attendees orders just like Hillary did after getting their seal of approval.
 
 
-2 # EPGAH3 2013-01-31 17:10
Kerry voting "Present"? No wonder Obama likes him!
And Kayjay, does it REALLY come as a surprise that the Global Warming "Crusaders" are hypocrites if not phonies?
 

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