Clinton confirmation hearing set for Tuesday

January 7, 2009 9:47:19 AM PST
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's confirmation hearing to become secretary of state will be Tuesday. Incoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said Wednesday he will chair the hearing on President-elect Barack Obama's pick for the top foreign policy post, and both Republicans and Democrats say they expect no serious objections to her confirmation.

The confirmation of Clinton would give New York Gov. David Paterson the power to appoint her Senate successor.

Caroline Kennedy wants the job and Paterson has said he's considering her along with other candidates.

The committee is expected to vote on Clinton's nomination Thursday, at the start of a confirmation hearing on Susan Rice, Obama's pick to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.