Sen. John Kerry, shown at an election night rally for Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, has been mentioned for secretary of State and now secretary of Defense in President Obama's second term.(Photo: Michael Dwyer, AP)
Could Sen. John Kerry end up serving as the nation's next defense secretary?
the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been in the
mix to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has said
that she would like to leave her post early in President Obama's second
But a report in this morning's Washington Post
suggests that Kerry is under consideration to replace Defense Secretary
Leon Panetta, who has made clear that he'd like to get back to his home
state of California at some point.
There are still many moving
pieces to consider as President Obama puts together his second term
team, but Kerry - a Vietnam war veteran and respected for his national
security chops - would make an interesting choice for the Pentagon.
one knock against Obama picking Kerry is it would set off a special
election in Massachusetts and potentially offers Sen. Scott Brown, a
popular Republican who lost his seat last week to Elizabeth Warren,
another chance to win back a Senate seat, Schwartz said. But concerns
about keeping the seat may be diminished since Democrats picked up seats
in the election.
Here's what the Post reports:
Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of State, senior
administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that
nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations.
John O. Brennan, Obama's chief
counterterrorism adviser, is a leading contender for the CIA job if he
wants it, officials said. If Brennan goes ahead with his plan to leave
government, Michael J. Morell, the agency's acting director, is the
prohibitive favorite to take over permanently. Officials cautioned that
the White House discussions are still in the early stages and that no
decisions have been made.
Petraeus' resignation last week after
revelations of an extramarital affair has complicated what was already
an intricate puzzle to reassemble the administration's national security
and diplomatic pieces for Obama's second term.