November 3, 2020

Former Secretary of State John Kerry joins last-minute voter push for New Mexico Democrats

David Hume Kennerly

John Kerry delivering the keynote address at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Vietnam War Summit in 2016.

Prominent Democrat John Kerry, who served as Secretary of State under former President Barack Obama, joined the state’s top Democrats Monday evening in a final virtual push to get out the vote. 

Kerry likened the current Trump administration with former President Richard Nixon’s administration in the late 1970s. 

“I think most of us never thought we’d have a nightmare again like that. We are living one today,” Kerry said. “We are living one with a man who is only president in name. Not one thing he has done is presidential.”

Kerry was critical of Trump’s foreign policies. He pointed to Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal and added that he brought the country to “the brink of war with Iran” and criticized Trump for his “absolute farcical dance with Kim Jung Un,” the leader of North Korea, whom Kerry described as “the worst dictator on the planet.”

Kerry was also critical of the way Trump has treated countries that have historically been considered allies of the U.S. 

“You look at Europe, where [Germany’s Chancellor] Angela Merkel was insulted, [France’s president Emmanuel] Macron was insulted; where our allies have been made our enemies, and where Donald Trump stood eight feet from {Russia’s] President Putin in Helsinki,” Kerry said. 

“Every day is chaos,” he added. “You really are speechless after you look at everything that happens to this guy. This is the battle of our lifetime, our democracy is at risk.”

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham praised the state’s early voting results during the webinar. 

“We’ve exceeded 90 percent of our 2016 vote,” she said, referring to the state’s record-breaking absentee ballots and large early voting turnout. “These are historic, energetic efforts in the state of New Mexico. It’s telling about the differences that New Mexicans want and expect in the White House and in federal leadership.”

 Lujan Grisham added that voting this year is part of a “moral imperative.”

“We’ve got someone in the White House who has compromised this country’s moral compass and forfeited our leadership around the world,” Lujan Grisham said. “Now the world is much more dangerous, and much more insecure.” 

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich also urged New Mexicans to vote tomorrow. 

“One of the most telling things in the last four years is the number of parents that I’ve heard say, you know, we mute television during the news, because we don’t want to hear what you know the President has to say in front of our kids,” Heinrich said. “It’s been that kind of four years. And you all have the opportunity to turn that around.” 

“This is our moment to be able to restore what the President of the United States of America has to be, to restore dignity to the White House, to restore humanity to the White House,” he said. “This unequivocally is the most important election of our lifetime.”