09/30/2014 03:11 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2014

Tom Perez Dodges Questions About Succeeding Eric Holder

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, regarded as a possible contender to fill the shoes of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, remained quiet as to whether he would consider the position in a Tuesday interview with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill.

"Eric set a tone. That we were going to put the 'J' back in DOJ," Perez said on Tuesday, praising Holder.

"Holder will go down as one of the best attorneys general in the history of the department," Perez said.

When asked about rumors that Perez could fill Holder's position, he said, "I don't follow the word on the street." He went on to say, "I don't think about hypotheticals ... I love my job and I love the work I'm doing."

Perez was confirmed as labor secretary in 2013 on a party-line vote after he served as the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

Watch Perez's full interview above.



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