Chances Slim For John Kerry 2016 White House Bid

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has left the door open to another presidential run in 2016, and while some political operatives say the defeated 2004 candidate’s political future is “zero,” others say even with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic frontrunner, it’s too volatile a field to count him out.

When asked about a 2016 White House bid yesterday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Kerry followed a script used by other prospects such as Mitt Romney — who has since ruled himself out — and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“Well, nobody says never,” Kerry said. “I mean, but I’m not — I have no concept of it.”

“I certainly think that he would be a logical person for many Democrats to support if Hillary were to stumble, or if she were to decide to not to run,” said Phillip Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

“In 2004, I thought he would have made a great president. And I still feel the same way, and I think a lot of Democrats do.”

But GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said Clinton has a “strange hold” on the nomination. He cited a recent survey by Foreign Policy magazine that ranked Kerry the least effective secretary of state in the past 50 years.

“I think the writing’s on the wall for John Kerry,” O’Connell said. “His political future is zero.”

Read more from Jack Encarnacao at The Boston Herald

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