Obama & Kerry

Kerry nomination attracts no outcry, but his liberal record likely to draw scrutiny

by FoxNews.com  |  published on December 23, 2012


Sen. John Kerry appears to have bipartisan support for becoming the next secretary of state — with a long history of public service that makes him one of Washington’s most seasoned foreign policy experts and most liberal Democrats.

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, started garnering Republican support practically from the time U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice’s potential nomination began unraveling last month and he emerged as President Obama’s next likely pick.

Sens. John McCain, Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, S.C., Rice’s harshest critics, both praised Kerry from the onset and continued this weekend to show support for his nomination.

Though Kerry is expected to sail through the Senate confirmation hearings, Graham and McCain have hinted the decorated Vietnam veteran will not get a free pass.

Graham called the 69-year-old Kerry a “solid choice.”

McCain, also a Vietnam veteran, praise Kerry for serving the country with honor and distinction but said only that he looks forward to “considering” the nomination.

McCain also told Fox News that his decision will be based on whether he thinks Kerry has the ability to “carry out his responsibilities,” not on their conflicting views, including Kerry saying in the early 1990s that President George H.W. Bush’s Operation Desert Storm would fail.

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