“Democracy means working together for the good of our country; it also means keeping faith with your ideals, never retreating from core convictions even as you work to find common ground,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement released earlier Thursday.
“We have strong differences and we argue and fight with all our hearts and energy, and our system endures because we Americans expect nothing less,” he said.
Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, had no plans to attend any other inaugural festivities. Former President Clinton met with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid in his office before the inaugural ceremony. Other Democrats including Nancy Pelosi were of the same frame of mind, to avoid the festivities…