Joan Vennochi Makes The Case For Kerry As Secretary Of State

Over the many years that I have been blogging about Senator John Kerry, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi has not always seen things eye to eye with Kerry, nor has been consistently in his corner. Needless to say, I was surprised and pleased to see her column today making the case for Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State: Senator John Kerry deserves to be the next secretary of state because he is the best person for the job. The longtime Massachusetts senator who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has the background and experience required for the nation’s top diplomatic post. He has also been a good and loyal soldier for President Obama. But the president seems to prefer … Continue reading

Will John Kerry’s Senate Seat Come Up For Grabs

There’s a lot of chatter about Senator John Kerry possibly moving to the Cabinet, either as Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense, and there’s some worrying going on in Massachusetts about the possibility of another special election to fill his seat. The agita is understandable—Democrats are still bruised over the devastating 2010 experience of seeing the “Kennedy seat” lost to Brown in a special election, which cost the party its filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, greatly complicated the push for the Affordable Care Act, and foretold the party’s huge losses the following fall. The big concern among Democrats “is that none of the party’s potential candidates for Kerry’s seat would seem to have the firepower (and fundraising potential) of … Continue reading

Kerry Statement on Embassy Attacks, Death of Ambassador Stevens

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, made the following statement today in response to the violence that took place at the Egyptian and Libyan Embassies, resulting in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other American embassy personnel.   “The deaths of Ambassador Stevens and his team are heartbreaking. It’s easy for a lot of people to forget that our diplomats are on the frontlines of the world’s most dangerous places and they’re there trying to make the world safer at great risk to themselves and their families. Chris Stevens was all that and more. He was a foreign service professional down to his toes, a guy who had served on the Foreign … Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on Today’s Historic SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Senior Member of the Finance Committee, today released a statement lauding the Supreme Court of the United States for upholding the Affordable Care Act:  “This is an important day for the Supreme Court and an important day for Americans who need affordable health care coverage.  But I hope this will also be an important day for our politics and our discourse.  For the past three years, opponents of health reform did everything they could to distort and deceive.  They tried to scare the American public with outright lies about ‘death panels’ and ‘socialized medicine.’  When that didn’t work, they came up with a new strategy: claim that the individual mandate the Republican Party itself had invented … Continue reading

Kerry Blasts Romney on Iran

Kerry swipes Romney again today over Iran foreign policy… I have little interest in inserting myself, as a former nominee of my party, into this presidential campaign season. But as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has a vital role in issues of national security, I feel compelled to respond to the ways that, in pursuit of the Republican nomination, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has put himself front and center in debates that have serious consequences. And on “CBS This Morning” today, Senator John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee for president,  said that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner for nomination, was “‘behaving like a irresponsible candidate’ in criticizing the president’s Iran policy.” Senator Kerry, chairman of the … Continue reading

Senator Kerry’s Floor Statement on Iran Rebuts Romney OpEd

Iran has been the hot topic of the day with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney beating the Iran war drum with an OP/ED today titled: “How I would check Iran’s nuclear ambition“. Note Romney’s closing statement in which he beats the drum harder… My foreign policy plan to avert this catastrophe is plain: Either the ayatollahs will get the message, or they will learn some very painful lessons about the meaning of American resolve. Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor today to deliver remarks on Iran and took time to rebut Romney’s OP/ED in his floor statement:  “We’re going to have a bruising election season. And so we should. That’s how we … Continue reading

Senator Kerry’s Statement on President Obama’s Budget Proposal

President Obama unveiled his federal budget proposal today. The reactions have varied across partisan lines. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s federal budget proposal today: “This is a balanced blue print to grow our economy, make some tough deficit reduction choices, and end the tax breaks for the wealthiest that never created jobs and gave us deficits in the first place. This plan maintains critical investments in research and development, education, and clean energy that will create jobs and strengthen economic recovery. It doubles down on supporting the next generation of roads, railways, and bridges as well as the development of a National Infrastructure Bank based on my bi-partisan proposal with Senators Hutchison and … Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Senator John Kerry tonight released a statement following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “If Members of Congress are going to be honest about it, there was a lot of common sense and even more common ground in tonight’s address. We shouldn’t have to wait for another year or another election to act like it. Tax reform, energy security, infrastructure, and jobs matter to all of us and we’re so much closer on these issues than the shrillness of our politics pretends we are. We ought to prove peoples’ suspicions wrong and prove that Congress can actually get something done even in an election year. Dysfunction isn’t defensible.” The full text of President Obama’s State of the Union … Continue reading