BREAKING: Obama to nominate Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state
President Obama plans to nominate Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts as secretary of state, a senior administration official says.The decision by Obama is expected to be announced early Friday afternoon, The New York Times reports.

The appointment of Mr. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and his party’s former presidential nominee in 2004, has been widely expected since last week, when Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, asked Mr. Obama to withdraw her candidacy for the post.

Photo: Sen. John Kerry waves at the end of his speech during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed / Reuters)

BREAKING: Obama to nominate Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state

President Obama plans to nominate Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts as secretary of state, a senior administration official says.

The decision by Obama is expected to be announced early Friday afternoon, The New York Times reports.

The appointment of Mr. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and his party’s former presidential nominee in 2004, has been widely expected since last week, when Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, asked Mr. Obama to withdraw her candidacy for the post.

Photo: Sen. John Kerry waves at the end of his speech during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012. (Jason Reed / Reuters)

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