The Ed Show | January 29, 2013
>>> nays are 3. and the nomination of john forbes kerry of massachusetts to be our new secretary of state is confirmed.
>> reporting for duty. earlier today, the united states senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm senator john kerry as our next secretary of state. only three republican senators voted no.
>> mr. cruz, no. mr. cornyn, no. mr. inhofe, no.
>> john cornyn and ted cruz opposed john kerry 's confirmation, and of course oklahoma senator james inhofe voted now. we should point out that senator inhofe is terrible at flying airplanes but great at denying the science of global warming there is no reason they should have voted against john kerry 's confirmation. he is without a doubt the most qualified person to be our next secretary of state. john kerry has served on the senate foreign relations committee for, let's see, 28 years? in the last four as chairman, as has served four years of the united states navy including active duty in the vietnam war . he has run for president, kind of knows what is happening. and he also already has travelled the globe on behalf of the obama administration, helping mend strained relations with afghanistan and pakistan. during kerry'ses nomination, president obama called him the perfect person for the job.
>> i think it's fair to say that few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our foreign policies as firmly as john kerry . and this makes him a perfect choice to guide american diplomacy in the years ahead.
>> meanwhile, in a shocking move, wisconsin senator ron johnson voted for john kerry 's confirmation today. see, on thursday johnson was kind of put in his place by senator kerry after trying to make a scene over benghazi.
>> will you work with me then on an ongoing basis so we can get that behind us, so we can find out what actually happened and we can move beyond that. can you just make that commitment to me?
>> i think, senator, in all fairness, i think we do know what happened. i think that it is very clear. were you at the briefing with the tapes?
>> well, there was a briefing with tapes which we all saw, those of us who went to it. which made it crystal clear .
>> well, senator johnson vote correctly, and let's hope he has learned his lesson that it's good to attend committee meetings. john kerry 's first day as secretary of state will be this friday, february 1st there is a lot more coming up in the next half hour of "the ed show." stay with us. workers at a nissan plant are clashing with management over their voice in the workplace. tonight we're going to mississippi for the story of a modern-day civil rights struggle.
>>> plus hillary clinton drops a few hints about her future in her state department farewell. those comments are ahead.
>>> and 36 senators voted against relief for victims of hurricane sandy.
>> it would have been an absolute disgrace for them to change the rules when new york and new jersey --
>> coming up, i'll take the sandy 36 to task with salon's joan walsh . [ male announcer ] at his current