“As you know, the secretary of state, happily, is able to not be involved in the presidential hurly burly. I’m not going to get involved in it now,” Kerry told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" today. “I wish her well in this race and I look forward to being able to stay well away from it.”
"It's not my job to do it," he said.
Kerry also discussed comments made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that seemed to backtrack from the nuclear framework deal reached last week. He pointed to a Russian statement that the U.S. interpretation of the deal was “reliable and accurate information.”
Russia is one of the six countries negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran.
Kery indicated Khameini’s comments was Iranian posturing similar to the “dueling narratives” that emerged last December after the initial interim agreement was reached.
“They’re going to put their spin on their point of view and obviously they’ll allege that we’re putting a spin on our point of view,” he said. "But I will stand by every fact that I have stated publicly."
Kerry noted that when the interim deal was finally implemented “it was the agreement that we had articulated and it has been the agreement that has been kept.”
“I don’t want to get into a back and forth publicly,” he said. “I don’t think it serves any purpose.”
Kerry said he will brief Congress on the deal this week and lay out a full understanding of the agreement.
"If it isn’t the understanding," he said, "we're not going to sign an agreement."
Kerry sidestepped any reaction to criticism from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that his interpretation of the deal was “delusional” and deferred to President Obama’s defense in Panama.
"I think President Obama spoke very, very powerfully to Senator McCain yesterday, and I'll let the president's words stand," he said. "And I will let the final agreement speak for itself."