October 1, 2013

Senate panel approves Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan

If confirmed, she would replace John Roos, a former Silicon Valley lawyer and top Obama campaign fundraiser.

By Donna Cassata
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel has approved the nomination of Caroline Kennedy to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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The Associated Press In this Sept. 19, 2013, photo, Caroline Kennedy speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination for ambassador to Japan, on Capitol Hill.

By voice vote on Monday, the Foreign Relations Committee endorsed President Barack Obama’s choice, the former first daughter who has promised to carry forward John F. Kennedy’s legacy with humility.

Caroline Kennedy helped propel Obama to the Democratic presidential nomination with her endorsement over Hillary Rodham Clinton, the only time she’s endorsed a presidential candidate other than her uncle Ted in 1980.

If confirmed, Kennedy would replace John Roos, a former Silicon Valley lawyer and top Obama campaign fundraiser.

At her confirmation hearing, Kennedy noted the significance of her nomination 50 years since her father’s presidency, focusing on his tenure rather than his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

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