Days after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice took herself out of the running for Secretary of State, President Obama has decided to nominate Sen. John Kerry for the position. The President is expected to make a formal announcement as early as this week, according to CNN.
Kerry’s nomination comes after Rice endured weeks of criticism from the G.O.P over statements she made about the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. The deadly attacks left Ambassador Chris Stevens dead, as well as four Americans.
If approved by the Senate, Kerry would replace current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been vocal about her plans to leave her post within the administration.
Though the senior senator of Massachusetts, Kerry is best-known as the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee. President Obama also notes his solemnity and relationship-building skills as key qualities that could help him succeed as the United States’ top diplomat.