WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — Senator John Kerry’s Secretary of State confirmation hearing got a little heated today.
A protester disrupted the hearings shouting “when is it going to be enough?” and “we need peace.”
Police officers escorted the woman out the room as she continued to yell.
Kerry seemed to take it all in stride.
“Well, I’ll tell you Mr. Chairman I, I – when I first came to Washington and testified I, obviously, was testifying as part of a group of people who came here to have their voices heard and that is above all what this place is about. So, I respect … I think the woman who was voicing her concerns about that part of the world, and maybe one of you have traveled there, some of you there were recently. Senator McCain, you were just there, you were in a refugee camp and I know you heard this kind of thing. People measure what we do, and, in a way, that’s a good exclamation point to my testimony. So, Mister Chairman, I know there is a lot of ground to cover and as a veteran of the committee I know we do better when we’re having a good dialogue, so I look forward to having that dialogue, thank you,” Kerry said after the woman left the room.
President Obama nominated Kerry last month to take Hillary Clinton’s place.