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Obama: Ray Kelly 'well qualified' for Homeland post

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would be "well qualified" to run the Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has been floated as a possible replacement for outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She's leaving to run the University of California system.

Obama didn't confirm whether he is actively considering nominating Kelly, saying the commissioner "might be very happy where he is." But Obama says, if Kelly isn't, he'd want to know about it because Kelly would be well qualified for the Homeland Security post.

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York has said he wants Obama to nominate Kelly.

The president spoke in an interview with Univision's affiliate in the New York/- New Jersey area. -- AP

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