Kerry decries ‘broken’ Washington

Kerry decries ‘broken’ Washington

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryGraham criticizes Trump canceling Pelosi trip as 'inappropriate’ Howard Dean to CNN: All Dem candidates qualified to be president except Tulsi Gabbard Not your ‘grandfather’s’ campaign: 2020 Dems look to stand out in crowded race MORE lambasted the current state of Washington in an interview that aired Sunday, railing against the partisanship plaguing Capitol Hill.

“Washington is broken. Most Americans understand that. It’s a mess. The Congress is dysfunctional because it’s torn apart ideologically. Politically, it’s in a bad place. And it’s a sad thing,” Kerry said on John Catsimatidis’s radio show.

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“The extremes on both sides started to demand, ‘Well, you can’t do that and you can’t do this,’ and, in the end, nothing happened," he added. "Historically, our country has done best when people acted in the interest of the country, not in the interest of one party or the other party." 

Kerry predicted that the frustration with dysfunction on Capitol Hill would manifest itself in the upcoming midterm elections.

“I think there’s going to be a reaction in the midterms. … People are very angry at what’s been going on. I don’t know which party benefits where on that. My hope is that, regardless of what party you come from, you’re going to come to Washington determined to work together to make things happen in the best interest of the country,” he said.

Election prognosticators have floated Kerry, who lost the 2004 presidential election, as a potential 2020 presidential contender to face off against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE

“I’m not ruling anything out, but I’m not sitting around actively laying the groundwork or making any plans. I think the focus of everybody right now should be on the election that’s going to take place in 33 days. We have an opportunity in the midterms to voice our dissatisfaction. We have a lot of good candidates around,” Kerry responded.

Should Kerry run, he would likely join a crowded Democratic field, yet could differentiate himself by casting his candidacy as moderate while other candidates seek to appeal to the progressive wing of the party.