Former Secretary of State and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry is not ruling out running for president again in 2020, saying "Washington is broken" and urging a more moderate path amid political polarization.
"I'm not ruling anything out, but I'm not sitting around actively laying the groundwork or making any plans," Kerry told Sunday's "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y.
"Washington is broken. Most Americans understand that. It's a mess. The Congress is dysfunctional because it's torn apart ideologically, politically. It's in a bad place, and it's a sad thing."
Kerry redirected the interview with host John Catsimatidis to this November's midterms, expressing support for the U.S. military veterans and women running, regardless of party affiliation, he claimed.
"I think the focus of everybody right now should be on the election that's going to take place in 33 days," Kerry told Catsimatidis. "We have an opportunity in the midterms to voice our dissatisfaction. We have a lot of good candidates around."
Among the reforms Kerry pointed to are infrastructure, immigration, healthcare, eduction, security, signaling many of the reform pushes President Donald Trump has focused in the first half of his first term.
"I think there's going to be a reaction in the midterms," Kerry said. "I sense that people are very motivated. They are very angry at what's been going on. I don't know which party benefits where on that. I hope America benefits.
"My hope is that, regardless of what party you come from, you're going to come to Washington determined to work together to make things happen in the best interest of the country. . . . I do understand why people are fed up with the status quo. It's very understandable the anger that's been reflected in some of the elections we've had recently."
Kerry, who was defeated by former President George W. Bush in '04, is author of "Every Day Is Extra," a memoir of a Vietnam War veteran who entered politics.
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