(Washington Times) President Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to be secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton and filling the first key post of the president's second-term national security team.
Mr. Obama's decision to tap Mr. Kerry, his party's former presidential nominee in 2004, comes as no surprise after Susan Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, took her name out of the running for the post last week.
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Announcing the nomination in the White House's Roosevelt Room, Mr. Obama said Mr. Kerry wouldn't need "a lot of on-the-job training" after playing "a central role in nearly every foreign policy debate over three decades."
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