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Tuesday, December 25, 2012


President Obama's nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State has the political world buzzing. To help make sense of the decision and its aftermath, GoLocal has rounded up quotes from politicians, leaders of organizations, and various experts from across the country.

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Barack Obama


“In a sense, John’s entire life has prepared him for this role.  Having served with valor in Vietnam, he understands that we have a responsibility to use American power wisely, especially our military power…Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers, or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry.”

Position: President

Source: Boston Globe

Photo: White House Photostream

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Hillary Clinton


“John Kerry has been tested- in war, in government, and in diplomacy.  Time and time again, he has proven his mettle.  Senator Kerry has fought for our nation’s diplomats and development experts- and for investing in their mission and America’s global leadership.”

Position: Current Secretary of State

Source: CNN

Photo: Department of State

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Susan Rice


“America is fortunate that Senator John Kerry will be our next Secretary of State, once confirmed by the Senate.  For over four decades, Senator Kerry has served extremely ably and demonstrated selfless commitment to our country.”

Position: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

Source: Politico

Photo: U.S. Embassy New Delhi's photostream

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John McCain


“We have known John Kerry for many years.  We have confidence in John Kerry’s ability to carry out the job.”

Position: Republican U.S. Senator from Arizona

Source: Yahoo News

Photo: John McCain Facebook Page

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Richard Grenell


“I’m hopeful about him.  But he has to cut the politics.  To run the State Department you have to be nonpartisan.  It is an incredibly important post.  I am hopeful he will enter the State Department and immediately take off his Democratic Party hat.”

Position: Political Consultant and Media Commentator, former National Security Spokesperson for Mitt Romney

Source: Boston Globe

Photo: Salon

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Lindsey Graham


“He has a lot of experiences, he’s been on the Foreign Relations Committee for a very long time, he knows most of the world leaders.  So when he goes into a country, he will be a known quantity."

Position: Republican Senator from South Carolina

Source: Politico

Photo: U.S. Senate

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Marc Morano


“Having a secretary of state who views the emission of a trace essential gas in the atmosphere-CO2- as some sort of monster threat to national security or the equivalent the 9/11 terror attacks or the equivalent of old Soviet nuclear warheads, is a sad day in American history.  Kerry is ignoring a large body of data and research that demolishes his beliefs.  The American people deserve much better.”

Position: Executive Director of Climate Depot

Source: Fox News

Photo: The Benshi

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Charles Stith


“He’s the man for the job given the state of the world.  Given the unsettled times, you need someone who’s seasoned.  John Kerry knows the world and he knows Obama’s agenda.”

Position: Former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, current Director of Boston University's African Presidential Center

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Photo: APARC

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Brent Scowcroft


“I am very high on John Kerry.  He is not beset by illusions or campaigns on behalf of abstract principles.  His instincts are solid.  I think he’ll do a great job.”

Position: Former National Security adviser for Presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford

Source: Boston Globe

Photo: Cherie Cullen

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John Cornyn


“I don’t see any reason right now why I would oppose Sen. Kerry’s nomination.  I’m likely to support it.  I look forward to the hearing.”

Position: Republican Senator from Texas

Source: Politico

Photo: U.S. Congress

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Heather Hurlburt


“His leadership on energy and trade, nuclear proliferation and the changing Middle East make him particularly qualified to meet the twenty-first century challenges that transcend national boundaries and cabinet departments.”

Position: Executive Director of the National Security Network

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Photo: Center For American Progress

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Chad Griffin


“The State Department’s unwavering commitment to LGBT people around the world under the leadership of Secretary Clinton has been exemplary.  We look forward to even more progress, including growth of the Global Equality Fund and continued support for the human rights of LGBT people, as Senator Kerry takes the helm.”

Position: Human Rights Campaign President

Source: Queerty

Photo: U.S. Congress

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Rudy DeLeon


“The Senate is going to be a key participant in much that the administration does on foreign policy, so his relationships there will be an asset.  And he has ties to world leaders from China to the Middle East.”

Position: Former Democratic aide and Pentagon Official during the Bill Clinton administration

Source: Los Angeles Times

Photo: Scott Davis

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Jim Gomes


“John was someone who from an early age dreamed of being president.  As someone who grew up in a Foreign Services family, who testified before Senate Foreign Relations after coming home from Vietnam and who wanted to serve on Foreign Relations, this is a pretty terrific Plan B.”

Position: Former Chief of Staff to John Kerry, Director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University

Source: The New York Times

Photo: Trinity College

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Elizabeth Warren

"John Kerry has been a spectacular Senator for Massachusetts for more than twenty years and a national leader for decades in the quest for a thoughtful and effective foreign policy for the United States.  While his confirmation will be a loss for Massachusetts, it will be a tremendous plus for the United States and the world.  Hillary Clinton has been an outstanding Secretary of State and John Kerry will be a strong successor.  I applaud President Obama for his selection."

Position: Democratic Senator-elect from Massachusetts

Source: Statement

Photo: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


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