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Report: Sen. Kerry Considered For Defense Secretary

BOSTON — Sen. John Kerry says he’s focused on his current job, as Massachusetts’ senior senator, and not on the speculation he could be named the next U.S. defense secretary.

The Washington Post reported late Monday that President Obama is considering him for the position.

Previous speculation had focused on a Kerry nomination for secretary of state, but the Post reports that the White House is leaning toward giving that job to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Either appointment, to state or defense, would lead to a special election in Massachusetts to fill his Senate seat.

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