Former Secretary of State John Kerry – who has been stumping for fellow ‘Burisma Dad’ Joe Biden, denied a NBC News report that he was overheard on Sunday at a Des Moines hotel explaining what he would have to do in order to run for president in 2020 amid “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party — down whole.“
“I am absolutely not running for President,” said Kerry on Sunday in a now-deleted tweet, adding “Any report otherwise is fucking (or categorically) false. I’ve been proud to campaign with my good friend Joe Biden, who is going to win the nomination, beat Trump, and make an outstanding president.”
According to NBC News, “Sitting in the lobby restaurant of the Renaissance Savery hotel, Kerry was overheard by an NBC News analyst saying “maybe I’m f—ing deluding myself here” and explaining that in order to run, he’d have to step down from the board of Bank of America and give up his ability to make paid speeches. Kerry said donors like venture capitalist Doug Hickey would have to “raise a couple of million,” adding that such donors “now have the reality of Bernie.”
Kerry, as he Tweeted, told NBC that he was “absolutely not” considering joining the Democratic primary race.
He later retweeted a cleaner version:
John Kerry just fucking deleted a message and reposted a cleaner version pic.twitter.com/G3fJJ8qfNN
— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) February 2, 2020
Of note, both Biden and Kerry’s sons are connected to the infamously corrupt Ukrainian company Burisma holdings – with Hunter Biden having sat on its board along with Devon Archer – the two of whom co-owned $2.4 billion private equity firm Rosemont Seneca with Kerry’s stepson Christopher Heinz. Heinz reportedly cut ties with Archer and Biden over poor optics.
Kerry was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, losing to President George W. Bush. He got 251 electoral votes, compared to Bush’s 286.
Kerry has served as one of the former vice president’s top surrogates in the 2020 race. Biden holds a less than 4-point lead over Sanders in the RealClearPolitics average of national Democratic primary polls but trails the Vermont senator in the Iowa and New Hampshire polling averages. –NBC News
“I’d be a liar if I didn’t say I don’t come out here and have fun and your juices don’t get going,” Kerry said, when asked in January about whether he regrets not joining the 2020 race. “But right now, they’re entirely focused on helping Joe Biden become president, and I’m very happy doing what I’m doing.”
Tehran John considering running😉🤣…
On a positive note if he’s busy running he won’t have time to do Iran’s bidding. https://t.co/4wpW7fBg9S
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 2, 2020