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December 21, 2012

Obama Picks Kerry as Secretary of State

President Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry to be the next secretary of state at the White House later today, the Washington Post reports.

Kerry selection "all but guarantees a swift, smooth path to confirmation. The lawmaker has been a frequent foreign policy adviser and confidant to Obama, and his long experience means he has bipartisan advocates in the Senate."

A new CNN/ORC poll finds that most Americans think Kerry's appointment would be good for the nation, with 57% saying they hold that view and 32% saying it would be bad. But there is also a partisan gap, as 80% of Democrats and 54% of independents say the Kerry pick would be good but 56% of Republicans say it would be bad.

Meanwhile, the New York Times notes that if he is confirmed, Kerry will become the first losing general election candidate to ascend a major new political position since Richard Nixon in 1968.


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