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Panel approves Clinton as top diplomat

Jan. 15, 2009 at 11:03 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Senate Foreign Relations committee voted 16-1 Thursday to forward the nomination of Sen. Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of State to the full Senate.

The full chamber still must confirm Clinton as President-elect Barack Obama's top diplomat, which is expected to happen after Obama is sworn in as president Tuesday, CNN reported. Other media outlets reported, however, a vote by the full Senate could take place before Obama's inauguration.

During her confirmation hearing earlier this week, Clinton pledged to "lead with diplomacy" while recognizing military force was sometimes necessary to protect "our people and our interests when and where needed, as a last resort."

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