A smiling Kerry, who was on the Senate floor as the vote was taken, waved to his colleagues and acknowledged their applause as the results were announced. Voting no were three Republicans: Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Kerry voted “present.”
After the earlier committee vote, Kerry said he hoped the support he received from all the panel’s Democrats and Republicans was a harbinger of much-needed bipartisanship on the issues America faces abroad. “There is so much on the plate that all of us need to find a way to work together,” Kerry said. “I hope this is a symbol that all of us are ready to do that.”
At his confirmation hearing last week, Kerry spoke of Syria’s civil war and climate change as two issues he plans to give immediate attention. Since that hearing, events in Egypt have no doubt moved that key Middle Eastern country up on the to-do list.