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WATCH: John Kerry tears up during confirmation hearing

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM   |   Comments

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Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Just one day after outgoing secretary of state Hillary Clinton choked up describing her "personal" relationship American foreign service officers, Sen. John Kerry also got emotional as he explained how his father's work as a diplomat inspired him.

“If you confirm me, I will take office proud that the Senate is in my blood. But equally proud that so too is the foreign service,” Kerry said, his voice breaking.

My father’s work under presidents, both Democrat and Republican, took me and my siblings around the world for a personal journey that brought home the sacrifices and the commitment the men and women in the foreign service make every day on behalf of America.

I wish everyone in the country could see and understand firsthand the devotion, loyalty, amazingly hard and often dangerous work that the diplomats on the front lines do for our nation. I will be proud and honored to represent them.

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