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Code Pink Protester Interrupts Kerry Confirmation: VIDEO


As Senator John Kerry sat before his peers today to begin confirmation hearings for his Secretary of State nomination, a Code Pink activist stood up to protest drone and other targeted killings in the Middle East. You can watch the Talking Points Memo video, via Joe.My.God, AFTER THE JUMP.

Before that, though, take note that Kerry was asked about former Sen. Chuck Hagel's Defense Secretary nomination, a nomination marred by controversy over comments about gay people and Israel, and that Kerry said he thinks Hagel is a "strong patriotic former senator."

[GOP Sen. Bob] Corker asked Kerry whether Hagel's past involvement with Global Zero, an international group promoting the elimination of nuclear weapons, would be appropriate at the Defense Department.

"I think he is a strong patriotic former senator, and he will be a strong secretary of defense," Kerry responded. "And I think some of the things that have been -- some of the efforts to color Senator Hagel's approach on some of these things don't do justice."

"I don't think Hagel's going to sit there and going to go over to the Defense Department and a proponent [of Global Zero]," Kerry added.

Watch the protest video AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Good on Code Pink. And Kerry's remark was classy.

    Posted by: mikemike | Jan 24, 2013 12:38:14 PM

  2. Good response by Senator Kerry.

    And I used to think Code Pink was some cool group that fought for women's rights, but if you really look into it, they're really a bunch of wackos. They support some pretty extreme groups, especially in the Middle East. So, frankly, this woman should STFU and take a hike.

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 24, 2013 1:08:38 PM

  3. Supporting the elimination of nuclear weapons is a bad thing?

    Posted by: Bravo | Jan 24, 2013 2:27:57 PM

  4. i applaud both.

    his response was a class act, and an honest reality.

    and the woman's concerns are legit.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 24, 2013 2:37:48 PM

  5. "I used to think Code Pink was some cool group that fought for women's rights..."

    Whoa, the ignorance and the patronizing expressed so succinctly....

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 24, 2013 2:47:39 PM

  6. Code Pink has worked itself into irrelevance. They've come to seem like a crew of shrill harpies, which is unfortunate. And Kerry managed to keep his opening comment to fewer than 10 minutes!

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 24, 2013 3:13:05 PM

  7. "They've come to seem like a crew of shrill harpies...."

    Misogynistic much?

    While this site was waxing over the Zero Dark Thirty actor's new pecs, they were picketing that "Torture gets things done" flick!

    Now, WHO's irrelevant?

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Jan 24, 2013 4:43:38 PM

  8. Three cheers for Code Pink for letting John Kerry know his complicity in the long list of abuses carried out in the name of US National interests will be neither forgiven nor forgotten.

    Posted by: SAS | Jan 24, 2013 9:55:31 PM

  9. John Kerry would have made a great President and will certainly make a great Sec of State.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 24, 2013 10:13:43 PM

  10. saol admin halleyi cagiriyom

    Posted by: sohbet | May 4, 2013 3:44:19 AM

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