Kerry: America ‘Defaulting’ Rather than ‘Choosing’

Kerry speaks for 51 minutes in Senate farewell address


Although it could be lost in his long, long Senate farewell speech, incoming Secretary of State John Kerry took care to criticize America Wednesday on the Senate floor.

"America, I regret to say, is increasingly defaulting rather than choosing," Kerry noted, after complaining of the "perpetual campaign" and the "polarized" media.

"So we fail to keep pace with other nations in the renewal of our infrastructure," he continued, "in the improvement of our schools, in the choice of our energy sources, in the care and nurturing of our children, in the fulfillment of our God-given responsibility to protect life here on Earth."

Kerry spoke for 51 minutes in his address.