John Kerry ran against George W. Bush in 2004. He and his running mate, John Edwards, lost the election, coming in behind Bush by 35 electoral votes. It sounds like Kerry might be making another run at the presidency.
According to comments reported by the Israel newspaper Maariv, Kerry is considering trying to make sure President Trump does not get a second term.
According to the report, Kerry told Palestinian officials that "he was strongly considering a run in 2020," reported The Hill. He also hinted that Trump will "likely not be in office much longer" in what they called a strongly-worded conversation on Wednesday.
"Hold on and be strong,” Kerry told the interviewer, a close associate of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, adding that he should tell Abbas "that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump’s demands.”
The former Secretary of State also reportedly commented on the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to negotiate a peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He apparently encouraged Abbas to present his own peace plan after the White House recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.
“Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan,” Kerry suggested.
In December, Kerry admitted that he considered running for president in 2016. However, he eventually decided against it.
“For a minute or two, maybe somewhere along the line, it crossed my mind,” Kerry, a former senator from Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe.
“But there are a number of reasons why I dismissed the idea. And I’m glad. I think it was right. I never really thought that seriously about it.”
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