Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, was coy this morning when asked in the Capitol about his plans for the future. It has been speculated that Kerry might be a leading candidate to take over for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or even for Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
"No comments on anything," Senator Kerry said, brushing off this reporter as he walked away chatting with embattled Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey. He was asked specifically about whether he was going to be the next secretary of state.
"No discussions," Kerry added. It was not clear whether Kerry meant "no discussions" about the new job, or whether he meant he wanted "no discussions" with this reporter.
Kerry was the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, and more recently served as a stand-in for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in debate prep during President Barack Obama's reelection campaign.
Kerry's Democratic convention speech this year was called an "audition" for the top State Department position. But, more recently, the Washington Post reported that "President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus."
The White House has not been forward on the almost certain Obama administration personnel changes that are likely to come in the next couple months.