John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: Trump’s troubles deepen as voters see country on wrong path The continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden’s New Deal MORE poured cold water Tuesday morning on speculation he was considering a 2020 presidential run.

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“I doubt very much I’ll be running for office again,” the former secretary of State and Massachusetts senator said on “CBS This Morning.”


The comments follows another CBS News interview in which Kerry did not rule out a 2020 run.

“Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time. 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.” Kerry said previously.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Monday responded to a potential Kerry presidential campaign, tweeting: “I see that John Kerry, the father of the now terminated Iran deal, is thinking of running for President. I should only be so lucky – although the field that is currently assembling looks really good – FOR ME!”

Kerry on Tuesday downplayed the president’s tweet, saying, “I’m really not going to get into a back-and-forth on tweets. You know, I could give him a nickname, ‘Agent Orange’ or something and I could get back and forth, but it doesn’t take you anywhere.”

“The president uses tweets as a weapon of mass distraction, and he obviously has exposed the world to the potential of a weapon of mass destruction in Iran by pulling out of a deal that everybody in the world supports,” he added.

Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, is out with a new memoir titled “Every Day is Extra.”

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