Kerry picked from 'binders of senators'
October 22nd, 2012
05:47 PM ET
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Kerry picked from 'binders of senators'

Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) - Sen. John Kerry seized on a recent comment by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to describe his experience playing Romney in President Barack Obama's debate prep.

"I was chosen from binders of senators," Kerry told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. "I got pretty good at being the other guy, so good that when I went home my dog growled at me so I knew I was doing well."

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In last week's debate, Romney said he received "binders full of women" in an effort to spur female hiring in his Massachusetts administration. The comment ignited a media firestorm, and was apparently not lost on Kerry.

The veteran Massachusetts senator and former presidential nominee, said it was a "privilege" to help prepare the president for his three showdowns with Romney and that viewers will see a "forceful" president at the debate Monday night.

"I think you'll see a president tonight who is steady, who is forceful, strong and clear about what he has achieved and how it is connected to what he wants to achieve in the next four years," Kerry said.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. JM

    Glad to see that even John Kerry is willing to acknowledge that there is nothing wrong with being "picked from a binder". The somewhat dubious offence people took to this comment was over-the-top. I think it is quite a compliment to women that so many are qualified and eligible to play important roles in Romney's state cabinet and potential Presidential cabinet that they need binders to hold and organize all the names and biographies.

    October 22, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think you'll see a president tonight who is steady, who is forceful, strong and clear about what he has achieved and how it is connected to what he wants to achieve in the next four years," Kerry said.
    Looking forward to it .
    President Obama delivers presidential beat-downs with a million dollar smile on his face that makes the likes of Romney blubber and lose their place and their train of thought....for the remainder of the discussion or debate whichever the case may be.

    October 22, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    If Hilary steps down, I hope Kerry is high on the list for Sec'y of State.

    October 22, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. CanadaONE

    In Romney's binder make sure he doesn't say something stupid tonight – both China and Russia are watchng tonight

    Yes bewteen the both of us we can stop most nuclear weapons aimed at us but NOT ALL

    I would like to wake up tomorrow morning so make sure the Mitt doesn't start world war 3 this evening

    check his binder



    October 22, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. LIP

    They can laugh and make all the jokes they want, 'cause when it is all said and done, Romney will win and we shall have the last laugh.
    Kerry is part of the 'do nothing' congress that was in Obama's back pocket for two full years (Senate and House) after he was elected and that 'binder' was empty for all the good it did.
    Remember too that when Obama says it was "all Bush's fault", Bush had a congress composed of both the Senate and House with a majority of Democrats in both places for two full years and they are the ones that took this country to the brink and the bit about George starting two wars...both the Senate and House Democrats approved the wars and I recall Obama was a Senator back then.
    You don't have to like Romney to vote for him to save this country. It would be nice though that he have a Republican majority in both the Senate and House so we can get this job done right.

    October 22, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Phil

    Kerry you're not funny. There is a reason why you were never voted President. You don't even come close to the caliber or stature of Mitt Romney. Play debate and have fun on the national stage cause this is the only way you can get back on it. After the elections you will go back into your political hole that you call a career and every one will forget all about you AGAIN.

    October 22, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. teej

    Good One:) Gotta keep a sense of humor..

    October 22, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |