Dec. 21 - President Barack Obama announces the nomination of U.S. Senator John Kerry as secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, marking his first major step in the overhaul of his national security team on the cusp of his second term. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: President Barack Obama on Friday nominated U.S. Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, marking his first major step in the overhaul of his national security team on the cusp of his second term.
Obama settled on Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew from consideration last week. The Massachusetts Democrat is expected to win easy confirmation from his Senate colleagues.
Kerry, 69, a stalwart Obama supporter known to have long coveted the job of America's top diplomat, will take over from Clinton, who has been consistently rated as the most popular member of the president's cabinet.