Montana Gov. Schweitzer stokes 2016 intrigue

December 2, 2012

Outgoing Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) said Sunday that it's too early to discuss whether he is interested in running for president in 2016, but made a light reference to the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire. 


Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D). (Matt Gouras/AP)

"Look, again, it's way too early to talk about 2016, Schweitzer said on CNN's "State of The Union." "I'm governor of Montana until January. At that point, I will no longer have a governor's mansion. I won't have a driver, I won't have security, so I will have a little time on my hands. I think I did mention that I have a warm regard for the people of Iowa and New Hampshire." 

Schweitzer's remark prompted some laughter from the roundtable he took part in. Show host Candy Crowley followed up by saying: "Which we would all like to say, is not a no."

Schweitzer, who's never been shy about criticizing Washington, said that talk about the 2016 campaign is something Beltway insiders engage in while the rest of the country addresses more pressing matters. 

"Only Washington D.C. is talking about 2016. The rest of this country? They are trying to create jobs," he said. 

The two-term governor has also been mentioned as a possible primary challenger to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) in 2014. 

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