Testifying before the Foreign Relations Committee, the soft-spoken Kennedy described the crucial bond between the United States and its Asian ally, especially in promoting trade and ensuring strong military ties. She spoke of her own public service and work with the New York City school system.
She noted the significance of her nomination on the 50th anniversary of her father’s presidency, focusing on his tenure rather than on John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
“I am conscious of my responsibility to uphold the ideals he represented — a deep commitment to public service, a more just America and a more peaceful world,” Kennedy said. “As a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific, he had hoped to be the first sitting president to make a state visit to Japan "
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