During an interview with CBS News, John Kerry, the former Secretary of State, released a statement that he would still run for president in 2020, adding that he would remain politically active during President Trump’s administration.
When being interviewed with CBS News, set to broadcast Sunday, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee called to talk about the next White House campaign a “distraction” from real political issues facing Democrats.
“Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time,” Kerry tells CBS’s Margaret Brennan in the interview. “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.”
“We are in a moment of crisis for our country. The world is in a moment of crisis,” he added.
When being asked to specify his future plans, Kerry only gave a hint that he plans to stay an “activist” for causes he championed as secretary of State like Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accords, both of which Trump has withdrawn from the U.S.
“I’m going to continue to be an activist,” Kerry says. “I’m going to continue to fight.”
Speaking about his 2004 run, in which he lost to incumbent President George W. Bush, Kerry had some cruel words for his sex-scandal-plagued running mate, former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.).
“If you measure the qualities that you are looking for when you choose a vice president,” Kerry tells CBS, “it didn’t measure up. It wasn’t what we had hoped for.”
Democrats are likely to confront with a crowded primary field in their race to challenge Trump. Over dozen current and former senators, governors and mayors are already said to be eyeing 2020 campaigns.