Kerry Nominated As Secretary of State

By Eric Dutkiewicz

December 21, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (www.incnow.tv) - President Obama nominated longtime Massachusetts senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State at a press conference at the White House on Friday afternoon.

"John's entire life has prepared him for this role," the president lauded. "He understands that we have a responsibility to use American power wisely, especially our military power."

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kerry, 69, would replace Hillary Clinton as top diplomat in the State Department. Kerry is expected to easily win confirmation, according to ABC News political analysts.

Kerry emerged as a presumed front-runner for the position when U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration

Kerry, who unsuccessfully ran as the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2004, chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry's term runs through 2014, and his appointment as Secretary of State would create a powerful vacancy in the Senate.

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