Why ‘no’ in politics doesn’t mean anything

November 12, 2013

Politicians always insist they have no interest in running for other offices right up until the moment they do. While then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's reversal of interest in running for president is the most famous example, politics is littered with examples of "no" not exactly meaning "no."

There are lots of creative ways for politicians to answer the "are you running" questions -- from outright denial to winking knowingness. In this clip for Post TV, we document a few including the latest non-denial denials by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

If you're considering a run for president, there are a few ways to dodge the persistent questioning about it. Chris Cillizza explains. (The Washington Post)

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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