Many Democratic Party insiders are reportedly privately worried about Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders winning the party’s nomination for president to take on Donald Trump later this year in the general election.
Rumors abounded over the weekend that one former Democratic presidential nominee was so worried that he was thinking about jumping into the race this year.
But former Secretary of State John Kerry put those rumors to rest, Axios reported, doing so initially using an expletive in a tweet he authored.
Kerry dismissed thoughts of him running for president this year, saying in a tweet it was “f—ing false.” He later deleted that tweet, and re-wrote a version of it that was much tamer, without the expletive included, switching it out for the word “categorically” instead.
As I told the reporter, I am absolutely not running for President. Any report otherwise is categorically false. I’ve been proud to campaign with my good friend Joe Biden, who is going to win the nomination, beat Trump, and make an outstanding president.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) February 2, 2020
“I am absolutely not running for President. Any report otherwise is categorically false,” Kerry wrote.
He also took the opportunity to promote the candidate he felt best-equipped to make a run for president.
“I’ve been proud to campaign with my good friend Joe Biden, who is going to win the nomination, beat Trump, and make an outstanding president,” Kerry added.
Sanders and Biden are in a neck-and-neck race for the nomination, with national polling data demonstrating that it’s either candidate’s nomination to lose at this point.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll at the end of last month showed that Sanders garnered 27 percent of the national vote among Democratic primary voters, while Biden took in 26 percent.
In the Iowa Caucus, which takes place on Monday evening, Sanders is predicted to win, an Emerson poll predicted, although the rules of the caucus could make the election tight or even coming in second place, after the initial round of voting results in other caucus-goers changing their votes to support someone else.