John Kerry Drops A Truth Bomb On Republicans About Hillary Clinton’s Sec. Of State Record

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Sec. of State John Kerry is staying out of partisan politics, but when asked about Hillary Clinton’s record as Secretary of State, he dropped some truth on Republicans.


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Transcript via ABC’s This Week:

STEPHANOPOULOS: As you know, your predecessor, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, announcing for president today. And already, her tenure as secretary of state is in the crosshairs.

Marco Rubio is calling her the architect of a failed foreign policy. Ted Cruz, “the Obama-Clinton foreign policy disaster.” Jeb Bush says, “It’s a mess.”

You said you had big heels to fill when you took the job.

What’s your response to these critiques?

KERRY: Well, George, as you know, the secretary of state happily is able to not be involved in the presidential hurly-burly. I’m not going to get involved in it now.

It’s important for me to be able to speak to both sides of the aisle and talk about our foreign policy without being involved in partisan politics.

And so I’m not going to get involved in it now.

But I will say that Secretary of State Clinton did a terrific job of rebuilding alliances that had been shredded over the course of the prior years. She spent a lot of time, as you know, working on a number of different issues, including the beginning of the effort with Iran, as well as the Gaza cease-fire and other things.

She will defend, I know, her own record for herself. It’s not my job to do it.

But I wish her well in this race and I look forward to being able to stay well away from it.

The fact is that under the last Republican president, America managed to alienate or anger most of the world. George W. Bush’s go it alone, with us or against us foreign policy burned the vast majority of the country’s diplomatic alliances. Hillary Clinton was tasked with rebuilding those relationships.

If Republicans want to make the presidential campaign about former Sec. Clinton’s record, they are going to regret opening that door. It is easy to remind voters of foreign policy chaos and tatters that were left behind after the last Republican named Bush was in office.

John Kerry didn’t get partisan in his comments, but he didn’t have to. The facts are more than enough. Republicans want to obsess over the Benghazi scandal while actively undermining and poisoning the work that the Obama administration is doing. Republicans want voters to believe that Obama’s foreign policy, and by extension Hillary Clinton’s, are failures.

Sec. of State Kerry demonstrated why this gambit will fail.

Reality: 1 Republican attacks on Clinton’s time as Sec. of State: 0.

22 Replies to “John Kerry Drops A Truth Bomb On Republicans About Hillary Clinton’s Sec. Of State Record”

  1. Hillary Clinton was a great SOS, perhaps the best we’ve had in my lifetime. I will happily support her for President and will be glad to see her win.

  2. Hillary Clinton is no John Bolton- thank Heavens.

    After that ultra-low benchmark, just about anyone else would be an improvement. Thankfully Obama chose a quite capable negotiator in Ms.Clinton, someday hopefully President-Elect Clinton!

  3. No one that was ignorant enough to vote FOR the unconstitutional Patriot Act will EVER get my vote!

  4. A reminder that Bolton was a Bush 43 recess appointee for US Ambassador to UN for around 18 months when he resigned as he would never have gotten confirmation. Why — because he then and now belongs in a mental institution. He – then and now is a psychopath — Delusional

  5. It always amazes me how Obama and Kerry are able to keep their cool in the face of such nonsense served up by the Republicans. I don’t think I could do it.

  6. I’m not ‘hoping’ — She WILL win. I’ve not had a doubt. Add the fact that we’re watching a parade of Klown Kar riders — much the same as the last Presidential election. The Klowns that run on jobs and all the usual ‘Binders of BS’ they have spewed for so many Presidential and midterm elections that I can’t remember when we’ve heard an ounce of truth from them. They campaign on the years of repeated BS that their followers believe and then they pull out their Etch-A-Sketch ‘I never said that’ or ‘I was misquoted’. They don’t work for the people & their followers have blinders on & worse! Like last Pres election – one will rise and then crash and burn, then repeat. Best put your orders in for popcorn for the next 18 months as it will be in short supply watching their crash and burn.

  7. Oh please. Run Hillary Run! I want to hear the Republicans scream “Benghazi!” till they run out of breath. It seemed to work so well last time. Especially since they have no platform to work with.

    Everything that they do profess is basically a, “we don’t like that” – but we have no other option available.

  8. Inherent in the conservative movement’s concept of “American exceptionalism” is the notion that all other nations should show deference to us, and that the United States is entitled to consume as many of our planet’s resources as we see fit without any regard to our impact on the ecosphere — you could call it a Global Manifest Destiny.

    To most conservatives, patriotism and loyalty to the nation mean never acknowledging that we have made errors in judgement with respect to our foreign policy decisions, for admitting to our own flaws and frailties is considered by these right wing politicos as a sign of weakness.

    In other words, to most Republicans, American exceptionalism = “Our sh*t don’t stink”.

    The Obama Administration has been tasked with replacing this arrogant view of the United States with one wherein we are all tenants of the planet and we must partner with other nations to create and maintain civility and peace as much as is reasonably possible.

  9. No one expects to get lied to by a President who is corrupt, Bush, and VP who is 10 times as corrupt, Cheney, a Defense Sec who is worse than all of them, Rumsfeld, and on and on. You being stupid and not voting for the best candidate because of a vote based on lies from the Bush Cabal makes you as stupid as the GOP is and hopes you are.

  10. Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker really, really wants to be the Republican candidate running against Hillary, and if he wins, he’s already promised to wreck any deal with Iran — no matter how our European allies feel about it — how reassuring!

  11. Perfectly expressed, labman. One other thing I’d add, as a non-American: It’s well past time for politicians of any stripe to state that “only in America could (fill in the blanks) happen! — as if the U.S. is the only democratic country in the f’ing world.

    Such arrogance, and it truly makes those of us in other democratic, highly advanced countries quite irate! In fact, if we were to compare “freedoms” — that word that the GOPT likes to throw around so casually and so often — I’d have to say that my country, which outlaws discrimination of ANY kind, has NO laws concerning abortion, provides universal healthcare, and has made gay marriage legal for the past 14 years, provides more freedoms than yours!

  12. Are you telling me that Hillary was incapable of reading the Patriot Act for herself? The legislation stands alone and didn’t need a president, VP or DOD chair to explain it to her.

    She voted for it, she owns it. Simple as that. Just as Obama continued it by signing it again.

  13. My understanding is that it was a prolix thing that was given to Congresscritters for an immediate up or down vote. Remember the times: freedom fries, Dixie Chicks, and if you’re not for us, you’re against us.

  14. It is interesting to me that John Kerry and President Obama present clear, detailed explanations to respond to questions about public policy. John McCain and other Republicans speak in vague generalities when giving their criticisms. They give no rationale to back up their generalities.

  15. The current Pres has done nothing BUT lie to you. It’s been done ad nauseum, but if you really need to see it again, I can post a list for you.

  16. 1. Make Government Open and Transparent
    2. Make it “Impossible” for Congressmen to slip in Pork Barrel Projects
    3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public (republicans shut out)
    4. No more secrecy (nothing BUT)
    5. Public will have 5 days to look at a Bill
    6. You’ll know what’s in it (Republican Senators didn’t know)
    7. We will put every pork barrel project online
    8.“No more Illegal Wire Tapping of American Citizens”
    9.Promises to Close Guantanamo Bay and End Torture (tho, I’m glad he lied about this one. It needs to stay open. Instead, he just releases them so they can go back to killing American military)
    10. I am Somebody who Promotes Same-Sex Marriage (he was for it before he was against it before he was for it again)

    Just a few. There are plenty more.

  17. This is how stupid you are. Congress writes bills and laws not the President. Every year the President tries to close GOTMO and every year Congress says no. Again dumbass how can Congress be shut out of writing laws when they have been in control of Congress since 2010.

    I am done with your idiocy just admit that a black man is smarter than your ass and that’s why you’re mad

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