Kerry dismisses Clinton 'hit list' designation

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry: Trump 'surrendered lock, stock and barrel' to Putin's deceptions Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks Will Democrats realize that Americans are tired of war? MORE shares a “long friendship” with former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE that continues to this day, his office said Monday in an effort to play down a report that Clinton felt betrayed by his failure to endorse her in 2008.

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The former senator from Massachusetts earned the blackest of black marks on a political “hit list” of traitorous politicians kept by Clinton aides, according to the book HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Politico’s Jonathan Allen.

Kerry's office told The Hill Monday that Clinton had been “generous and insightful,” when she turned over the State Department reins last year and that the two have continued working together since then.

“Secretary Kerry and former Secretary Clinton share a long friendship,” Kerry spokesman Alec Gerlach said in an email. “Secretary Clinton’s advice and guidance were both generous and insightful as he transitioned into his role as Secretary of State, and they’ve continued to partner together, most recently at Georgetown University promoting the rights of Afghan women, an effort started by Secretary Clinton and supported by Secretary Kerry.”

The source of the Clinton team's anger was Kerry's decision to endorse Barack Obama, then the junior senator from Illinois, during a campaign rally in South Carolina, just as the primaries were heating up. Kerry's declaration that Obama was the right candidate to “turn a new page in American politics” was seen as a jab not only at George W. Bush but also Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDon't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice Why did it take so long for Trump to drain the swamp of Pruitt? An orthodox legal life and the case for Judge Kavanaugh MORE, who campaigned hard for Kerry during the 2004 election, even as he was recovering from heart surgery.

Also at the top of the political hit list, according to HRC: the late Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) as well as Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), along with Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.).

HRC will be published by Crown on Feb. 11. It will tell the inside story of Clinton’s relationship with Obama, and of how she recovered after the bruising 2008 campaign and restored her political standing.

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