Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySantorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ Major Obama 2008 fundraiser throws support behind Beto 2020: ‘Time to pass the torch’ Would-be 2020 Dem candidates head for the exits MORE seemed to downplay rumors of a possible presidential run on Wednesday, but he didn't rule anything out in a new interview concerning his 2020 plans.

Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Kerry responded to questions from host Joe Scarborough about whether he could mount a second Democratic bid for the presidency in 2020.


"Let me just ask you," Scarborough began the interview. "You're tan, you're rested, you're ready, you're younger than everybody talking about running for president of the United States. Is it Kerry 2020?"

"I don't have any plans right now, honestly," Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, responded.

"That's not a denial," Scarborough said.

"Well, I'm not thinking about it," Kerry tried to continue over the other hosts. "Very funny. You're a troublemaker,"

Kerry is viewed by some in the party as a possible challenger for Trump in 2020 and has been a vocal critic of the administration since leaving the Obama administration in January.

The former Massachusetts senator has blasted Trump over several key issues, including his antagonism toward the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord, both of which were signature achievements of Kerry's time at the State Department. In March, he met with centrist French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of Macron's victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Earlier this year, he accused Trump of forfeiting America's leadership abroad by exiting the Paris accord.

"This is an unprecedented forfeiture of American leadership, which will cost us influence, cost us jobs and invite other countries to walk away from solving humanity’s most existential crisis," Kerry said on Facebook in June.

Previously, Kerry revealed that he considered running in 2016 but said it only "crossed his mind."

“For a minute or two, maybe somewhere along the line, it crossed my mind — possibly,” Kerry said in December. “But there are a number of reasons why I dismissed the idea. And I’m glad. I think it was right. I never really thought that seriously about it.”

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, unsuccessfully ran against former President George W. Bush in 2004.