John Kerry sworn in as 68th secretary of state

The Associated Press reports:

John Kerry has been sworn in as America’s secretary of state, replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The former Massachusetts senator and 2004 presidential candidate was sworn in Friday by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He is the 68th secretary of state.

Kerry admitted to The Boston Globe that he was President Obama’s choice for secretary of state for some time, even as UN Ambassador Susan Rice came under heavy fire as a possible nominee for the position.

“He called me, actually a week before Susan got out of the thing,” Kerry told the Globe. “He called me and said, ‘You’re my choice. I want you to do this.’ He asked me to keep it quiet. I did. I sat on it.”

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