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President Obama Nominates Kerry for Secretary of State

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President Barack Obama has nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, saying Kerry's entire life "has prepared him for this role."

If confirmed, the Massachusetts Democrat would succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Obama's second-term Cabinet.

Clinton did not attend the Roosevelt Room announcement. She's recovering from a concussion sustained in a fall.

Obama said Kerry's political career and service has established him as a respected American voice around the globe. Obama said Kerry will not need on-the-job training.

Kerry has served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a decorated Vietnam veteran who was critical of the war effort when he returned home to the U.S.

He has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 1985.  (AP)

Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after President Obama nominated Senator John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State:

"Few people are as qualified as Sen. John Kerry to represent and defend our national interests abroad at a time when international cooperation is more vital than ever to our national security and growing the global economy. President Obama's thoughtful pick means we will have an experienced hand as our top diplomat; one who contributed greatly to bringing our soldiers home from Iraq, and who has served as an envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan at crucial moments over the past several years. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Kerry helped reduce the danger of nuclear proliferation through the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which he steered to a successful ratification. Senator Kerry also has significant experience navigating the delicate situation unfolding in the Middle East, which is key to our national security.

"Just as importantly, Senator Kerry understands the impact of foreign policy decisions on everyday people. As a volunteer soldier during the Vietnam War – where he received multiple decorations, including three Purple Hearts – Senator Kerry saw first-hand the real consequences that policymakers' decisions can have on the lives of our soldiers, their families and innocent civilians. He has been a leader on United States policy toward the region since that time.

"Senator Kerry will represent our nation with distinction and wisdom, and I expect a prompt and fair confirmation process."

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