Dempsey on Kerry’s ‘Restoring Democracy’ Comments: ‘I Didn’t Sign Up for That Characterization’

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey appeared to disagree with Secretary of State John Kerry's remarks earlier this week when he said the Egyptian military was "restoring democracy" in overthrowing the country's first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Dempsey said he did not "sign up for that characterization" in an interview on ABC's This Week:

MARTHA RADDATZ: Do you agree with that statement?

DEMPSEY: I've actually been asked what I feel it is at this point, and my answer has typically been, I don't know yet. This will only be apparent as we see what the transitional government intends to do.

RADDATZ: He was a democratically-elected president. How can you call it restoring democracy?

DEMPSEY: Well, that's why I didn't sign up for that characterization when you just asked me. I think — I think, frankly, that we will know what it is soon, but it may not be apparent —

RADDATZ: So Kerry may have misspoken there.

DEMPSEY: I don't know. I'm not going to speak for the Secretary of State. He's the leading diplomat of our nation.