Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich are praising President Barack Obama’s choice for the next secretary of state.
Murkowski, a Republican, says she believes Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry—a Democrat – will serve the nation well.
Obama nominated Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in his second-term Cabinet.
Murkowski says Kerry has a “deep understanding” of the variables at play in the most unstable regions of the world. She says his understanding of international fishing issues and the Arctic will make him an asset to Alaska at the State Department.
Begich adds that Kerry is respected by international leaders. Both believe he will win Senate confirmation.
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