Kerryism of the Day
The senator's caveats and curlicues.
Kerry: We are friends. It's a dear friendship. And I respect him and respect that friendship enormously. And I admire John McCain's willingness to stand up and sort of speak his heart to the country. I think that's important. And that's what John Edwards and I are going to do. But I think that—
Question: So you didn't offer [McCain the vice-presidency]?
Kerry: People suggested that we look at that. There were some people on the other side of the fence, may I say, who reached out and suggested it. John and I chatted briefly about whether or not we should even explore it. And I think in his heart he felt that it was not something he wanted to do. And in the end, we saw issues about it, and we didn't pursue it. It's that simple. ...
Question: You never went past exploration?
Kerry: Well, we never went past that there could be an exploration.
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Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.
Photograph of John Kerry by Luke Frazza/Agence France-Presse.