Schweitzer remains coy on 2016

Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (D) continued Sunday to flirt with the possibility of running for president in 2016 as he reiterated his criticism of Democrats who supported going to war in Iraq, which has been seen as a swipe at former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Those people who supported that Iraqi war didn't understand the politics of the Middle East," Schweitzer said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos," echoing what he recently said in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state. "Al-Qaeda wasn't there. Iraq hadn't attacked us. We made a very big mistake there. It cost us a lot of blood and a lot of treasure. And we ought not make those mistakes in the future."

Stephanopoulos asked Schweitzer if that meant he would challenge Clinton, who is widely seen as the Democratic front-runner if she makes a presidential bid in 2016.

"Well, I'm looking around," Schweitzer responded. "But, gosh, I like Iowa."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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