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.”

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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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