President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the U.S. ambassador to China.
During brief remarks at the White House, Obama said the United States could not have better representation in the “critical relationship” with China than Locke. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stood alongside the president during the announcement.
The White House is keeping mum for now on who will replace Locke, but Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk have been mentioned as possibilities.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.