WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- President Bush's former counterterrorism coordinator Richard A. Clarke told the Sept. 11 commission he would not accept any position under John Kerry.
"I will not accept any position from the Kerry administration, should there be one," Clarke said, noting he was speaking under oath.
Clarke, whose recently published book criticizes the Bush administration, made the statement in response to commissioner accusations of partisanship surrounding differences between the content of his writing and the content of his past testimony. He said the last time he declared his party allegiance, in 2000, he declared himself a Republican.
Clark said the different focuses of his testimony before the Sept. 11 Commission and of his book stem from the fact the commission did not ask him to address the war in Iraq, which he considers an impediment to national security.
Clarke said he teaches a class with a member of the Kerry campaign, but that his co-teacher is a longtime friend and their connection does not constitute personal participation in the Kerry campaign.