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Joe Scarborough Headed To GOP Conference Fueling Presidential Bid Speculation

The former GOP congressman and MSNBC host said last week he hadn’t ruled it out.

MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, is planning a trip to New Hampshire next month to speak at a gathering of Republicans, fueling rumors he is indeed mulling a presidential bid, The Daily Callerreported.

Earlier in the month, while appearing on The View, Scarborough was asked about whether he would consider a 2016 presidential run to which he responded with a “very bashful no,” according to Mediate.

However, in a follow-up radio interview, the former congressman who served in House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 as a Republican from the First District of Florida, said he wouldn’t rule it out.

“No, I won’t rule anything out. I’ve always said and I’ve always been open about the fact that the greatest job I’ve ever had and the greatest honor I’ve ever had was being in the House of Representatives…No, I’ve always said I wanted to get back in. It’s just a matter of time. We’ll see what happens,” he remarked.

Scarborough is now expected to address the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in March, which will include other potential presidential candidates that, according to Boston Globe, include Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Rep. Peter King of New York and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

The field of Republican presidential hopefuls has thinned due to the recent scandals involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The two governors were considered possible contenders for the presidency.

It’s no surprise Scarborough has downplayed the possibility of running given his position at MSNBC.  No word yet on what will happen to his morning show, “Morning Joe” should he confirm he is indeed exploring a campaign.  Perhaps re-naming is in order? Any takers?




Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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