Kerry nominated for secretary of state

Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts will likely be the next secretary of state. President Barack Obama nominated Kerry on Friday,  and he should not have a problem being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Senators seldom block one of their own during the confirmation process.

Kerry will succeed Hillary Clinton, who is leaving the cabinet post after the first of the year. Kerry, the longtime senator, has chaired the Foreign Relations Committee for the past six years, and has extensive knowledge of foreign affairs.

“He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training,” Obama said Friday. “Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry.”

The nomination could give the Republicans a chance to win Kerry’s Senate seat. Sen. Scott Brown, who was defeated in November, would be a strong candidate for the GOP in a special election.

Click here to read the AP story on Kerry’s nomination for secretary of state.