Obama Calls Kerry 'Perfect Choice' to Succeed Clinton

December 21, 2012

President Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of State. 

Obama praised Kerry, a former Democratic presidential nominee, as the "perfect choice to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead," and heralded his service in Vietnam and the U.S. Senate. 

"As chairman of the foreign relations committee, John's played a central role in every major foreign policy debate for three decades," Obama said, noting "he is not going to need a lot of on the job training." 

Obama added that he had become personal friends with Kerry during their time together in the Senate, and thanked the five-term senator for "advancing so many of my foreign policy priorities" during the president's first four years in office. 

Obama also thanked Kerry for his assistance during the most recent presidential campaign, when Kerry served as Mitt Romney's stand in during mock debates.  

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