February 5th, 2014
12:12 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN exclusive: John Kerry a 'no' for 2016

For more of CNN's exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – While his predecessor Hillary Clinton and his colleague Vice President Joe Biden may be contemplating another White House run, Secretary of State John Kerry says he is out for 2016.

"I'm out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever. This is my last stop," Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. bill

    thank god.

    February 5, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    Seriously Democrats??? ANOTHER ancient Democrat loser-reject??? Is this all the Democrat Party has? Failed policies and old failed candidates??? Yikes!

    February 5, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    No big surprise here.

    February 5, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "I can't run for president again, Muffy... they just don't like me"

    February 5, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    Seriously Democrats??? ANOTHER ancient Democrat loser-reject??? Is this all the Democrat Party has? Failed policies and old failed candidates??? Yikes!
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    It's the media asking the questions, Tommy, not the Democratic Party throwing names onto a wall to see what sticks. Besides, what does the Republican Party have to offer? What has the Republican Party had to offer over the last couple of decades? You know that Republicans have lost the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 general elections?

    So, who exactly do Republicans have to offer? Isn't it Trump's turn to go? Jeb?

    February 5, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Good man. Just support Hillary.

    February 5, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Donna

    "I'm out of politics. I have no plans whatsoever. This is my last stop," Kerry said in an exclusive interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
    --

    Too bad he didn't do us all this favor back in 2004 when he got whooped.

    February 5, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "I can't run for president again, Muffy... they just don't like me"

    "I can't run for President again because they just don't like me." GOP's Elephant mascot, overheard on an open microphone.

    February 5, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Harold Read

    But Kerry did so well with the negotiations with Iran, even though Iran's president rebuked all of his and Obama's claims...

    February 5, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Good. Kerry was never that good of a representative for the people. He still isn't.

    February 5, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Goodness. Who stated THAT rumor?

    On second thought: don't answer.

    February 5, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    Forget polls. Liberal/progressive success is clearly indicated by the amount of clustered !!!, ???, and misspellings in conservative rants. Thanks Tommy G.

    February 5, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Dean

    Because he didn't get the Waffle House endorsement.

    February 5, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    I'd support this WAR VETERAN over in anyone in the GOP. There's no war the GOP isn't for. War in foreign countries, war on the middle class, war on the poor, war on women, war on democracy, war on diplomacy.

    February 5, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Tom

    You call this an "exclusive?" What's next, a CNN "exclusive" that Hubert Humphrey is definitely not running either? I don't think anyone seriously thought Kerry was even considering running. I'm not sure it really qualifies as an "exclusive" when you ask glaringly obvious questions. CNN exclusive: the earth's atmosphere contains oxygen. Rocks sink. Fire burns. Seriously, guys...

    February 5, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?
    I'd support this WAR VETERAN over in anyone in the GOP. There's no war the GOP isn't for. War in foreign countries, war on the middle class, war on the poor, war on women, war on democracy, war on diplomacy.
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    And from the far Right, don't forget War on Non-Extreme-Christians.

    February 5, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. xray vision

    Tommy's more than just a scholar, he's got him a 6th grade edumacation, top of the shelf gop blogger, go figure. His rantings clearly suggest he's at the fox news trough daily, that will do it. No quicker way to remove any shred if credibility, than quote fox news .

    February 5, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. just asking

    i can hardly wait until the stuck in the past democrats roll out walter mondale and jimmy carter.... might as well, they aren't much older than clinton and biden.

    February 5, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?
    I'd support this WAR VETERAN over in anyone in the GOP. There's no war the GOP isn't for. War in foreign countries, war on the middle class, war on the poor, war on women, war on democracy, war on diplomacy.
    ---
    And from the far Right, don't forget War on Non-Extreme-Christians.

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    Heck, they're even at war with themselves!

    February 5, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Donna

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?
    I'd support this WAR VETERAN over in anyone in the GOP.
    -–

    Yeah, old Genghis Khan Kerry sure did help out his fellow veterans by telling the world they were all murderers. The guy is a national disgrace.

    February 5, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. S. B. Stein

    I can understand why he doesn't want to run because it is a lot of work.

    February 5, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @Donna "Kerry sure did help out his fellow veterans by telling the world they were all murderers"
    Can you site the speech and date he told our veterans this?
    (Siting sources is like Kryptonite to conservatives.)

    February 5, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Silence DoGood

    @Donna "Kerry sure did help out his fellow veterans by telling the world they were all murderers"
    Can you site the speech and date he told our veterans this?
    (Siting sources is like Kryptonite to conservatives.)
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    It must have been at least 40 years ago.

    February 5, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    Donna – "Kerry sure did help out his fellow veterans"

    Taken out of context, it actually makes a true statement. Anyone who helped our government and the American people see the idiocy of the Vietnam War not only helped Veterans of that era, but solders from then on by causing our country to value military personal and to not treat them as expendable cannon fodder, as the government did in those days.

    Anyone in the service now owes a great deal to the anti-war protesters of the Vietnam War era, for making their job safer and their losses fewer. We killed over 55,000 of America's youth in Vietnam.

    February 5, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Bill from GA

    Donna – "Kerry sure did help out his fellow veterans"

    Taken out of context, it actually makes a true statement.
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    Thank-you. Completely out of context. I was busy and had forgotten to point that out. I would add that based upon what Donna posts, I would suspect that Donna would have opposed the war, just as most people did at the time, and would have supported what Kerry had to say.

    February 5, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |