(Image source: Brendan Hoffman / The New York Times)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

President Obama is making it official — the proverbial “last man standing,” John Kerry will be nominated for Senate approval as secretary of state.

[VIDEO: CNBC] “We now have confirmation that the president, as expected, is going to nominate John Kerry, the senator from Massachusetts, Democratic nominee in 2004 to replace Hillary Clinton.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer says it’s no surprise after Susan Rice’s withdrawal following the Benghazi fallout. New details are scarce in what most media outlets are reporting as a foregone conclusion. But here’s one …

“The hearings will take place in January. They would very much like to have John Kerry in place as the new secretary of state around the time of the inauguration January 20th.”

A New York Times article points out Kerry has wanted this job for a long time, citing the close ties he’s built with President Obama — like the keynote speech assignment that launched Obama’s national political career, Kerry’s diplomatic missions for the Obama administration and his early attempt to engage Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The move creates a domino effect on political positions. A commentator for Bloomberg says Kerry’s big promotion …

“ … means that there is going to be a Senate race, a special election in Massachusetts. Will Scott Brown, who lost to Elizabeth Warren, run again? Who will be the Democratic nominee for that position?”

Kerry currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Obama on Kerry: 'Perfect Choice' for Secretary of State

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Dec 21, 2012

Obama on Kerry: 'Perfect Choice' for Secretary of State

(Image source: Brendan Hoffman / The New York Times)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

President Obama is making it official — the proverbial “last man standing,” John Kerry will be nominated for Senate approval as secretary of state.

[VIDEO: CNBC] “We now have confirmation that the president, as expected, is going to nominate John Kerry, the senator from Massachusetts, Democratic nominee in 2004 to replace Hillary Clinton.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer says it’s no surprise after Susan Rice’s withdrawal following the Benghazi fallout. New details are scarce in what most media outlets are reporting as a foregone conclusion. But here’s one …

“The hearings will take place in January. They would very much like to have John Kerry in place as the new secretary of state around the time of the inauguration January 20th.”

A New York Times article points out Kerry has wanted this job for a long time, citing the close ties he’s built with President Obama — like the keynote speech assignment that launched Obama’s national political career, Kerry’s diplomatic missions for the Obama administration and his early attempt to engage Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The move creates a domino effect on political positions. A commentator for Bloomberg says Kerry’s big promotion …

“ … means that there is going to be a Senate race, a special election in Massachusetts. Will Scott Brown, who lost to Elizabeth Warren, run again? Who will be the Democratic nominee for that position?”

Kerry currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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