Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Santorum on potential 2016 bid: Are you kidding me?

Former senator Rick Santorum on Friday dismissed the notion that he may run for president again in 2016 if his current bid doesn’t pan out.

In a phone interview with Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto, Santorum said he’s not planning on a second presidential bid down the line.

(Video courtesy of The Hill’s Christian Heinze)

“If you don’t do it this time around, is this Rick Santorum’s way of saying, ‘I’m really running for 2016?’” Cavuto asked Santorum.

“Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?” Santorum responded. “Mitt – Neil, let me just tell you. This has been an amazing experience. But I’m not doing this four years from now. I’m not doing this for any position.”

“I’m doing this because I think the country is in serious problems right now, and if Barack Obama is elected – I say it every single speech – that if Barack Obama is re-elected, the freedom that my grandfather and my father fought for and that generations of Americans fought for could very well be lost,” he added.

The exchange came during a heated interview in which Santorum repeatedly defended himself from the charge that he would prefer President Obama over a Republican such as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Watch the full interview here:

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