John Kerry

(John Forbes Kerry)

John Kerry
John Kerry
  • Born: December 11, 1943
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 until 2013. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2004 presidential election, losing to Republican incumbent George W. Bush.

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… a creed of greed Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
After you lose the Presidency, you don’t have much else to lose. My failures have helped make me a better Senator and Secretary of State…. I’m a more effective public person after some of the failures I’ve had through[out] my career. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
America must always be the world's paramount military power Military & Veterans
Benedict Arnold CEOs send American jobs overseas. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Diplomacy is tough, slogging, slow work—and hard work. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Diplomacy takes time. Diplomacy & Diplomats
History is full of opportunistic moments when taking action could have made a difference. History
I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it. Legislating & Legislative Process
I don’t care about risk, honestly. The riskiest thing to do is not to act. I would far rather try and fail than fail not trying. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I don’t think its right to have a criminal justice system that puts innocent people to death. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I oppose the death penalty other than in cases of real international and domestic terrorism. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I’m very blessed to be in a position where I can work on these issues full-time without having to go out and raise money. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If our institutions can’t build consensus and respond to the demand of Americans for jobs today, how will we ever do it in a time when artificial intelligence and robotics kick in and five times that number of jobs disappear twice as fast?
If the world’s worst despots see that they can flout, with impunity, prohibitions against the world’s worst weapons, then those prohibitions are rendered just pieces of paper. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If we do not act now, we will become spectators to slaughter. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If you don’t know who they are, where they are, and what they’re planning, you can’t get them before they get you. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic. Liberals & Conservatives
I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
In any negotiation you have a wish list but then you proceed from where you can be. Negotiating & Negotiations
It’s really important that the entire policymaking establishment understands the country they’re making policy abound sees it throughs the eyes of the people in it, not just through our eyes. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Let me be clear. The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons, is a moral obscenity. War & Peace
Longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. War & Peace
Managing diplomacy today is far more difficult than during the Cold War. Technology, jet travel, and a globalized economy make it possible for terrorists in a remote corner of Pakistan or Syria to plan a terrorist attack on Times Square. Discrimination & Prejudice
Much of the world is witnessing a wave of technological transformation that is on the scale of the industrial revolution, but happening at a digital pace. The only thing that isn’t coming at us faster and faster is the ability of governance worldwide to respond.
No world power has ever tried to manage affair in this particular circumstance: The cycle of News, the cycle of crises, the complexity of grievances in increasing numbers of failed and failing states. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Opening positions are opening positions. Negotiating & Negotiations
Our country is defined by the rights we protect, and those of us who fought for freedom and put our lives on the line defended the right of people to do things that we disagree with Freedom & Liberty
Our democratic system is slowly being corroded and eroded by the influence of PAC money. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Our institutions usually work best when we need them most. America’s got a pretty good, almost 241-year record of figuring things out.
Our troops are owed a policy worthy of their sacrifice. Military & Veterans
Richard Nixon ran on a promise that he had a secret plan for peace (in Vietnam). He kept his promise and kept it a secret. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Sanctions will not produce capitulation. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Some things are not best done in public even though the public is asking for a confrontation. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Secrecy & Transparency
That’s the trick in any negotiation. Getting to yes means getting the other party satisfied that its interest are being met sufficiently…. You both got to get something out of it that your prepared to fight for at home. Diplomacy & Diplomats
The best way to give these negotiations a chance, is to keep them private. Negotiating & Negotiations ;Secrecy & Transparency
The endless money chase has given the appearance of corrupting government. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The move to modernity has its risks but the greater risk is not moving at all. Development & Growth
The President has time to go to a rodeo but hasn’t got time to testify before the Presidential commission [investigating September 11.] Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The Secret Service is under orders that if President Bush is shot, to shoot Vice President Quayle. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The United Nations inspectors cannot tell us anything that we do not already know nor can they galvanize the world to the action that should be taken. United Nations
The United States of America never goes to war because we want to, we only go to war because we have to. War & Peace
The war the soldiers tried to stop. War & Peace
There are more agriculture bureaucrats than there are farmers in this country.
They [the Republicans] are the most crooked, lying bunch I have ever seen. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
To this day I have serious doubts as to whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Today’s cabinet members are yesterday’s board members … I am running for President to eliminate this kind of crony capitalism. Patronage & Pork Barrel
We can’t go on pretending to Americans that we can have everything. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We cannot allow events that might divide us in a small way to distract from the common values and the common interests that unite us in big ways. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We must lead, but we must listen. Leaders & Leadership
We need to plus-up the budget of the State Department, increase the amount of aid we give, and help the world through this difficult moment. That is the price of leadership. Leaders & Leadership ;Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We will not contract out the security of the American people …. You can’t compromise the safety of the American people. Defense & National Security
We’ve spent more time debating what to call extremism than we have discussing a long-term strategy for defeating it. If we don’t wrestle with the long-term, every four years a different president and a different foreign minister will be facing a different terror group with a different acronym.
What do you say to the last man who died from a mistake. War & Peace
What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When we say, “Never Again!”, we actuality don’t mean “sometimes”. We don’t mean “somewhere”. We mean “Never Again!” Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Being lectured by the president on fiscal responsibility is a little bit like Tony Soprano talking to me about law and order in this country.
Foreign policy is effectively the assertion of many individual countries intersecting on the global marketplace. And you have to figure out how to get your interest served in a way that meets the interests and needs of these other folks.
I know there are a lot of musicians and a lot of artists, and there are a lot of writers and other people who inspire young people, but I'd like to see somebody in political life be able to connect and make these choices that we need to make in Washington real in terms of people's lives. Life
I love to play guitar and hack around. I was in a band when I was in high school. I never learned to play very well, but I enjoyed it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service. War & Peace ;Citizenship & Patriotism
I think George Mitchell is a consummate professional. He is the ideal selection to handle the job of special envoy if you choose to have a special envoy.
I would rather be the candidate of the NAACP than the NRA.
I'm fascinated by rap and by hip-hop. I think there's a lot of poetry in it. There's a lot of anger, a lot of social energy in it. And I think you'd better listen to it pretty carefully, 'cause it's important. Literature, Writers & Writing
It took President Obama to make America lead like America again.
Mitt Romney says he believes in America and that he will restore American exceptionalism. I have news for him, we already have an exceptional American as president and we believe in Barack Obama.
NAFTA recognizes the reality of today's economy - globalization and technology. Our future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our productivity. Future ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
People think that it only takes an American decision to solve this or that problem [in foreign affairs]. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
President Obama has made it his mission that we welcome our troops home with care and concern and the respect they deserve. That is how an exceptional nation says thank you to its most exceptional men and women. Women ;Respect
Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class.
Republican secretaries of state from Kissinger to Baker, Powell to Rice, President Bush, 71 United States Senators all supported President Obama's new START treaty, but not Mitt Romney.
The best way to begin genuine bipartisanship to make America stronger is to work together on the real crises facing our country, not to manufacture an artificial crisis to serve a special interest agenda out of touch with the needs of Americans. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The consequences of a crime should not be out of proportion to the crime itself.
We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure.
When we walk away from global warming, Kyoto, when we are irresponsibly slow in moving toward AIDS in Africa, when we don't advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy.
Young people have so much more power than they tend to think to be able to affect politics. And if people will organize and get involved and go out and knock on doors and hand out leaflets and make a change, then they can determine the future. Future ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising