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Senate confirms Kerry for State in 94-3 vote
The Hill ^

Posted on 01/29/2013 2:05:27 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Senate confirms Kerry for State in 94-3 vote By Julian Pecquet and Ramsey Cox - 01/29/13 04:32 PM ET

The Senate approved one of its own to become President Obama's second secretary of State in a near-unanimous vote on Tuesday.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) sailed through the chamber in a 94-to-3 vote, with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Texas Sens. Ted Cruz (R) and John Cornyn (R) casting the only “no” votes.

Kerry's approval to replace Hillary Clinton was a foregone conclusion after Republicans urged Obama to nominate him in lieu of his ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.

“I don’t know too many people who have oriented their whole life to be better suited for secretary of State,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the top Republican on Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on the floor ahead of the vote.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is replacing Kerry atop the committee, echoed those sentiments.

“I can think of no one better to take on the challenges of this position,” he said. “John has already built strong relationships across the world. ... He will need no introduction to the world’s political leaders.”

The Senate vote capped a whirlwind day for Kerry, whose nomination was approved by his committee in a unanimous voice vote a few hours earlier. His colleagues on the committee he's chaired since Joe Biden became vice-president four years ago gave him a standing ovation and a committee resolution honoring his service as chairman.

The resolution “commends the long and distinguished service of John F. Kerry, whose exceptional skill as a lawmaker is matched only by his commitment to an America that is, in President John F. Kennedy’s phrase, not 'first but, first when, first if, but first period'; and extends its best wishes for his continuing service to the Nation.”

Kerry is the first cabinet selection confirmed in Obama's second term, but the rare showing of bipartisan support will not extend to the rest of the president's national security picks, however.

Six Republicans — including the three who voted against Kerry — have vowed to oppose former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of Defense, and members of both parties have raised questions with the choice of John Brennan for CIA director because of concerns over his record on drone strikes as Obama top counterterrorism adviser.

Kerry could be sworn in as early as Friday, Clinton's last day at State.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 113th; bho44; bhostatedept; communismkills; cultureofcorruption; domesticenemy; filthycommie; ginjuicecon; liedtocongress; nakedtreason; obamacommunists; obamalegacy; obamascandals; obamunism; soskerry; traitor; vietnamwar; warcriminal
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To: svcw

The State Department, like the White House, will now be run by someone who hates America more than he loves it, and loves the enemy more than America. Both are perfect for each other. Probably sleep together to make further plans to destroy the Republic as fast as they can.

41 posted on 01/29/2013 2:42:06 PM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

At least he has experience meeting with America’s enemies.

42 posted on 01/29/2013 2:42:10 PM PST by 10mm
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To: Osage Orange

Coburn must have sipped from the same poisonous well as did Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the panel’s top Republican. He called Kerry “a realist” who will deal with unrest in Egypt, civil war in Syria, the threat of al-Qaida-linked groups in Africa and Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

43 posted on 01/29/2013 2:43:10 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Sub-Driver

My two Texas senators voted against.

Sniff. I’m so proud!

44 posted on 01/29/2013 2:44:56 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: taildragger

Not Inhofe. He just needed something to offset all the caving he’s been doing. Anytime there’s an overwhelming majority in the senate for some liberal cause, he casts a dissenting vote. When it’s close, and his dissent would help us, he votes with the majority and tries to tell us that it was the conservative thing to do.

45 posted on 01/29/2013 2:46:12 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Throw the bums out. All of them. Voting for a lying traitor.

None of them are worth a plug nickel. NONE.

46 posted on 01/29/2013 2:47:46 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hoeven and Murray not voting—Kerry voting present. Any thoughts on Hoeven, who seems the only other potential ray of light? Kudos to Kerry for not voting for himself.

47 posted on 01/29/2013 2:48:07 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Girlene
John Kerry was in Vietnam?????? Gettouddahere, you’re telling more tall tales.

Yup , he went through on his way to Cambodia for Christmas, dontchaknow.

48 posted on 01/29/2013 2:48:56 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Sub-Driver

How anyone could vote anything except “Off the island” for sKerry is beyond me.

49 posted on 01/29/2013 2:49:34 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: jazusamo

Another Communist Comrade in the Administration!
At least he will be well received by our Communist friends
and will make inroads for the new Nation to join the Communist Bloc! Nikita Khrushchev must be smiling from Hell as America digs it’s own grave and Russia will not have to bury us. We have our own shovels. A sad day indeed!
Buy Rice futures!

50 posted on 01/29/2013 2:50:03 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Sub-Driver

The whole world is laughing. Unfortunately, the joke is on us.

51 posted on 01/29/2013 2:50:59 PM PST by GnL
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To: cotton1706
Thank God he is finally out of the Senate!

He could always get a Barney Frank-style reach-around appointment. These rat turds never leave public office.

52 posted on 01/29/2013 2:51:39 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
SOS apparently is akin to dogcatcher these days.

Maybe it was the end of the cold war, maybe it was the straw that broke the back not-so-bright.

Who knows

I'm so disgusted with politics and disillusioned, I'm going to actively pursue being a doddering old fool and lust after young girls again.

53 posted on 01/29/2013 2:54:42 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Robe

Christmas you say? I wonder if that memory was seared......seared in his mind?

54 posted on 01/29/2013 2:58:51 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Sirius Lee

Flake doesn’t surprise me, going native like that. He rode into Congress in ‘98 with the promise of staying only three terms, a promise he abandoned four terms ago....

55 posted on 01/29/2013 3:00:55 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Thank God for the three.

56 posted on 01/29/2013 3:01:45 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

Globalists are matter how you spin it

Inhofe and Cruz are commended for not jumping off the RINO cliff

57 posted on 01/29/2013 3:02:44 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Sub-Driver
If 94 Senators vote for a traitor, what does that make them?
The answer is pretty clear to me.
58 posted on 01/29/2013 3:11:16 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: goodnesswins
PAST time for TERM LIMITS.....way past time. Not that it would have helped here...but, I think it may have.

I have been saying this for 40 years but it falls on deaf ears more now than then.

59 posted on 01/29/2013 3:21:56 PM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Sub-Driver

Scumbag republicans put their membership in the Good-Old-Boys-Club ahead of the country, honesty or integrity.

60 posted on 01/29/2013 3:23:42 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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