Kerry Doesn't Rule out 2020 Presidential Campaign

John Kerry speaks about the Iran Deal on August 11, 2015 in New York City / Getty Images
August 31, 2018

Former Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS's "Face the Nation" anchor Margret Brennan in a recent interview that he's not ruling out a 2020 presidential run.

"Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time," Kerry told Brennan. "What we need to do is focus on 2018. We need to win back the confidence of the country to move in a better direction and to do it in sensible ways."

Earlier this year, there were reports Kerry was considering another presidential run. Kerry previously served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and as a senator from the Bay State before he lost a run for president in 2004 against former President George W. Bush. Years later, he replaced Hillary Clinton to become the secretary of state for former President Barack Obama.

"We are in a moment of crisis for our country. The world is in a moment of crisis," Kerry added.

Before President Donald Trump announced the United States would pull out from the Iran nuclear deal, Kerry met with Iranian officials, including Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in an effort to salvage the agreement. Kerry was mocked by Republicans and the Trump administration for his rogue bid.

"I'm going to continue to be an activist," Kerry told Brennan. "I'm going to continue to fight."

Kerry was also asked about his previous presidential bid and if he regretted picking former Sen. John Edwards as his running mate.

"If you measure the qualities that you are looking for when you choose a vice president," Kerry said, "it didn't measure up. It wasn't what we had hoped for."

The interview will air on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Sept. 2.

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