November 11th, 2009
02:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Petraeus on 2012: What about no don't you understand?

In an exclusive interview with CNN Wednesday, Gen. Petraeus closed the door to talk of him running for president in 2012.
In an exclusive interview with CNN Wednesday, Gen. Petraeus closed the door to talk of him running for president in 2012.

Washington (CNN) - CENTCOM Commander Gen. David Petraeus is once again shooting down any suggestions that he has aspirations to run for the White House in 2012.

In an exclusive interview on CNN Newsroom Wednesday, Kyra Phillips asked Petraeus whether the door might be open for a 2012 run.

"I'll close it right here, right now," Petraeus said. "I will remind you of the great country song that used to ask 'What about no don't you understand.'"

In an interview with Politico in September of this year, former GOP Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said he would like to see Petraeus mount a White House bid.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Mickey

    General BetrayUs? Yeah, like I'd vote for him...we already had a "war president", and look where it got us...

    GOP: Evolve or die

    November 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. strong

    Of course, he will run in 2012.

    Politicians lie all the time (gasp). Was Petraeus lying? Were his lips moving ??

    November 11, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Tristan

    Good! Imagine how many wars we'd be in if the president was a man of war.

    November 11, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Larry

    No one would vote for him anyway.

    November 11, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Proud wingnut, birther, deather, and lemming who follows the beliefs of Chairman Glenn

    At least we won't have to discredit him in 2012.

    November 11, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Edwin

    Good for him. He should stick to what he does, and do it well.

    November 11, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    It has to be difficult for the general to give up a job that you can have for a life time, than to be put in a position where you can be jobless as a result of an election.

    November 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Scott, Tucson

    Gen. How about a military coup before 2010 and rid us of the far left once and for all?

    November 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. W l Jones

    In life as well as war most time a no decision is as good as a decision.

    November 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Erik

    If Patraeus is a conservative then the man should run. He would decimate Obama and being a conservative bring the govt back into its primary role. Limited Govt.

    November 11, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. OldUncleTom

    Bravo General!! I always suspected you were too smart for politics.

    The last thing this country needs is a military man in the White House, particularly a ranking military man.

    There are larger issues at stake for the Presidency than blowing things (and people) to smithereens. I can't think what else the military is good at.

    November 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. U.S. Common Sense

    I would like to see him run. It would be great to have someone with a strong understanding of management and logistics heading up our nation.

    November 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Dewey

    Who could blame him... the current administration will have this country in such a mess that it would be too much work to repair.

    November 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The GOP's theme song:......Desperado.

    November 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Gene Brady

    The republicans will push anyone that is willing to be their puppet. This clown is one. A Karzai

    November 11, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Chris Matt

    Let the man do his job!

    November 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Danny

    Very Plain and Simple.

    U.S.A is the World's Biggest Military Power. Super Power # 1.

    Afghanistan is just a Timid Country. Does not even have an Air Force, Tanks, etc.

    If we could not win this war in 9 years. We can never win it even in 100 years.

    Why should we put our troops in harms way unnecessarily. We need to bring them home.

    Terrorist don't attack us from outside, they come inside our country an attack us. All 9/11 terrorists were living here and trained here.

    The best remedy is to have a better homeland security and defend ourselves, than going after these terrorist in other countries. Our economy does not allow us to spend on war, when we don't have jobs, industry, homes.

    November 11, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Anthony

    The last thing we need in the next decade is a WAR President.... especially one with the GOP pulling his strings.... We'd be at WAR with Iran, Pakistan, N Korea, Venezuela, and whomever else the Rightwing feels threatened by. Probably simultaneously...

    November 11, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. di

    Remove all GOP and Dem's out of DC! VOTE FOR US!! NO CHANGE LEFT!

    November 11, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    In reply to one of the other posters. Don't you realize that it was the Conservatives who screwed this country up over the 12 years of Reagan and George I and the 8 years of GeorgeII. American conservatiism is morally bankrupt and can do nothing for this nation but continue to wreck it. We do not need conservatives running this country. They have already proven that they are utter failures.

    November 11, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |