WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama has decided on U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Hillary Clinton's successor as secretary of state, NBC reported Friday.
The president was expected to make the announcement later in the day, the report said.
Kerry became the front-runner for the post after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said she did not want to be considered. Rice, who had not been nominated, was under fire from Sen. John McCain and other Republican leaders for comments she made on Sunday morning talk shows after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Unlike Rice, Kerry is expected to face little opposition. He and McCain are longtime friends.
Kerry chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has visited Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years. He also helped negotiate an arms treaty with Russia.
After serving as a Navy officer in Vietnam, Kerry became an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. He served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts for two years and was elected to the Senate in 1984.
Kerry was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, losing a close race to President George W. Bush.