Former Massachusetts senator and secretary of state John Kerry recently sat down for an interview with CBS to promote his new memoir, and in the process threw his former friend and 2004 running mate, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards under the bus.
Asked if he had any “regret” about choosing Edwards as his running mate, Kerry said that he had “disappointment” that Edwards didn’t “measure up.”
According to a transcript of the interview on Sunday’s CBS “Face The Nation” program, Kerry was also asked more broadly about the 2004 presidential race, whether he plans to run in 2020, his thoughts on the war in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal and President Donald Trump, among other topics.
Disappointed Edwards didn’t “measure up”
Kerry said of his regret in choosing Edwards as his 2004 vice presidential candidate, “I write in the book about the qualities that you are looking for when you choose a vice president and I think when you articulate those qualities and then you measure what took place against the qualities that I very much lay out there that you’re looking for, it — it didn’t measure up.”
“It wasn’t what we had hoped for. So there was some disappointment in that,” he added.
Kerry also expressed his regret in not pushing back harder against the “Swift Boat veterans” who called into question his military service claims during the Vietnam War era.
However, he stood by his decision to not legally challenge the results of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio — where former President Bush won by a mere 118,000 votes — as he felt doing so was doomed to fail in the Supreme Court and would simply be a waste of time and cause further division.
Potential run in 2020?
As noted, Kerry is promoting the release of a new memoir, “Every Day is Extra,” which by now has become almost standard procedure for any politician considering a presidential run.
But when Kerry was asked directly if he planned to run for the presidency in 2020, he replied, “I’m really not thinking about it. Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time. What we need to do is focus on 2018.”
Kerry most certainly appears to be focused on 2018 at the moment, as he revealed that he plans to hit the campaign trail in the upcoming months to assist his fellow Democrats in their effort to reclaim control of Congress in the midterm elections.
Kerry also took a few subtle shots at former President Barack Obama in the interview, as well as some not-so-subtle shots at President Donald Trump, particularly in regard to the war in Syria for the former and the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal for the latter.
If there is one thing that was made clear in this CBS interview with John Kerry, it is that if he should ultimately decide to run for the White House again in 2020, John Edwards will not be his choice as running mate again.