Kerry to field questions from panel he chairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he’s served on for 28 years and led for the past four.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman will sit at the witness table Thursday when he appears before the panel, a month after President Barack Obama said he wanted him to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton is stepping down.The five-term Massachusetts senator is widely expected to win overwhelming bipartisan support from his colleagues, and that notion was reinforced by the list of people who will introduce him: Clinton, Massachusetts freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. John McCain.McCain and Kerry are friends who have worked closely on national security issues. They’re also decorated Vietnam War veterans and former presidential candidates who know the sharp sting of defeat.At the conclusion of a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday, McCain joked about Kerry’s hearing and the tough tactics that won’t be employed.”We will look forward to interrogating him at his hearing — mercilessly,” McCain said to laughter. “We will bring back, for the only time, waterboarding to get the truth.”Continue Reading…

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