Schweitzer clearly angling for presidential run

Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (D) left little doubt Sunday that he's very interested in running for president, telling MSNBC that it's on his "bucket list" to visit all of Iowa's counties.

"I'll just say that there's around 100 counties in Iowa, and on my bucket list is to try to and make it to all the counties in Iowa someday," Schweitzer said Sunday.

(For the record, Iowa actually has 99 counties.)

Schweitzer opted against running for an open Montana Senate seat earlier this year -- a move that surprised many national Democrats but made sense since he's seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender.

The outspoken governor left office at the start of 2013 with a strong approval rating, though few rank him among the front-runners for the Democratic nomination at this point.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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