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Both parties embrace Kerry for secretary of state

Senators from both parties have embraced the possibility of Senator John F. Kerry being nominated for secretary of state, a reflection of the chamber’s clubby ways, Republican interest in giving recently defeated senator Scott Brown a chance to return, and genuine respect for the Democrat’s work across the political aisle.

“I think the most important thing is that he’s well qualified,” said George Mitchell, a Maine Democrat and former Senate majority leader who served with Kerry and has led a post-political life of diplomacy and mediation.

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