Kerry Won't Join 2008 White House Race

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Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, says he has decided not to run for president in 2008.


It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

Today, one fewer Democrat is in the running for president.

Senator JOHN KERRY (Democrat, Massachusetts): We came close, Mr. President, certainly close enough to be tempted to try again.

INSKEEP: On the Senate floor yesterday, Senator John Kerry said he would not make a second bid for the White House. The Massachusetts Democrat narrowly lost the presidency to President Bush in 2004.

Sen. KERRY: There are powerful reasons to want to continue that fight now. But I've concluded this isn't the time for me to mount a presidential campaign. It is the time to put my energy to work as part of the majority in the Senate, to do all I can in this war and strengthen our security and our ability to fight the real war on terror.

MONTAGNE: John Kerry made his announcement at the conclusion of a 30-minute speech attacking President Bush's Iraq policy. His decision wasn't a big surprise. Democrats said they expected Kerry to decide not to run after weighing his support within the party.

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