‘For a minute or two’ John Kerry thought about jumping into the 2016 presidential campaign

John Kerry on his cell phone in Hamburg, Germany earlier this month.

Secretary of State John Kerry already made his thoughts on the 2016 presidential campaign very clear.

But in an election race that now has many Democrats reevaluating, was the former Massachusetts senator ever a contender?

Never seriously, Kerry told The Boston Globe. But “for a minute or two” the 2004 Democratic nominee thought about giving it a second spin. Ultimately, Kerry—who declined to say when exactly he thought about jumping into the 2016 race—said he was committed to finishing his job as the country’s top diplomat.

“As any former recovering politician, your juices get going,” Kerry told the Globe. “You work for as long as I have, 1982, ’81, in competitive-slash-electoral politics. There’s a time of year when the sky changes, the wind changes, the temperature changes. You get into the fall. . . . You feel it. Everybody who’s involved in it says, ‘Whoa. It’s that time,’ and the juices flow.”


Speaking of wind and temperature changes, Kerry says he was on his way to Antarctica to meet with scientists there studying the impact of climate change when he heard about the results of the 2016 campaign.

“I called friends from the plane and I said, ‘This is bad. It’s looking over,’ ” Kerry said, when he saw the vote totals coming in from states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan—three states that he carried in 2004 and that President Barack Obama won in the previous two elections.

“It was a difficult thing,” the longtime public servant added.

Read Globe reporter Matt Viser’s full wide-ranging interview with Kerry here.


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