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Kerry is on cusp of job he has long desired

In June 2001, as he flew back to Washington from what would be the first visit to Iowa of his 2004 presidential campaign, Senator John F. Kerry made a remark to an aide and reporter accompanying him that had no trace of irony to it despite the endeavor he was about to begin.

Being secretary of state, Kerry said, was in some ways better than being president.

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