Kerry Criticizes McCain’s Views on Iraq

Keith Olbermann discussed John McCain’s views on the war after his controversial interview earlier in the day. John Kerry spoke out against McCain both earlier in the day as well as in an interview on Countdown (video above). Kerry was very critical of McCain’s views on the war (which are far more serious than any one sound bite).

Back in 2004 their were rumors that Kerry was considering McCain as his running mate. Others believe that the story originated with John McCain as a means of enhancing his own reputation. Regardless of the validity of those rumors, we can be certain that McCain is not going to return the (possible) offer and consider Kerry to be his running mate. There is talk of Obama choosing Kerry to add foreign policy experience and gravitas to the ticket. While this is unlikely to happen, Kerry is not ruling out accepting the position if offered:

Jacki Schechner: It was inevitable we were going to get this question so I’m just going to throw it out there. But somebody says…her name is Lola…she says, “Would you consider running with Obama, and if so, what would you do to decrease the crisis with the Middle East and use diplomacy in reducing the economy[sic] and dependence on oil?”

Senator Kerry: Well, Lola, I’ll answer the first part of your question by saying that having made the selection for Vice President, it’s a good idea not to consider running with the person who’s choosing. Let them decide who they want to have run with them. So the answer is no, I’m sitting here like everybody else and watching with amusement while this process goes on.

Jacki: Would you be interested?

Kerry: Only…the answer is probably not, but if the right definition were given to the job, then you’d be foolish not to say that you would think about it or consider it. And you’d be dishonest, likewise.

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