Sen. John Kerry appears to have bipartisan support for becoming the next secretary of state — with a long history of public service that makes him one of Washington’s most seasoned foreign policy experts and most liberal Democrats.

Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, started garnering Republican support practically from the time U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice’s potential nomination began unraveling last month and he emerged as President Obama’s next likely pick.

Sens. John McCain, Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, S.C., Rice’s harshest critics, both praised Kerry from the onset and continued this weekend to show support for his nomination.

Though Kerry is expected to sail through the Senate confirmation hearings, Graham and McCain have hinted the decorated Vietnam veteran will not get a free pass.

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