Rogers retiring from Congress, doesn’t rule out 2016 presidential bid
March 30th, 2014
10:57 AM ET
7 months ago

Rogers retiring from Congress, doesn’t rule out 2016 presidential bid

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday that while he’s calling it quits from Congress, he’ll stay active in politics by hosting a new national radio program, which might even serve as a launchpad for a 2016 presidential run.

The Michigan Republican said last week that he isn’t running for re-election this fall, after serving a little over a decade in office, the last few years as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

“I had a career before politics and always planned to have one after,” Rogers said in a statement. He also announced that he will host a syndicated radio program focusing on national security issues.

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Rogers said he thinks he can help bring national security topics to the forefront, something he said is lacking today in talk radio.

“When someone walked in and said, 'Hey, we're going to give you the opportunity to have a discussion in people's cars, living rooms and kitchen every single day, from California to Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina, we think you can change the needle on this debate' - and I thought long and hard about it and said, “You know, I think they're right,’” Rogers said.

Seizing on the references to Iowa and New Hampshire, two key presidential primary states, host Chris Wallace asked about Rogers’ potential presidential ambitions in 2016, pointing out that Ronald Reagan launched his presidential bid, in part, from his radio show platform.

“Ronald Reagan used his platform on radio to run for president of the United States? I had no idea,” Rogers wryly replied before adding, “I'm going to take it where it goes.”


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. don in albuquerque

    Presidential run after what he has shown us? No way in hell. Probably should retire, doubt he could get re-elected.

    March 30, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Bessy

    Just another loser Republican who thinks he is Presidential material. They sure can crawl out of the woodwork.

    March 30, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Rogers may be out out touch with reality, but if he goes completely nuts, he could make as much as Limbaugh.

    March 30, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Lizzie

    Bessy and that from you, who fell for the slogan MAKE history vote for Pres.Obama.

    March 30, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Mightyduk

    He'll step up get processed and spit out the other side.

    March 30, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. sifto

    At least he knows a little more about foreign policy than most democrats..

    March 30, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Lizzie

    And you really believed the country would elect McCain or MittWitt? In the last election you only had one who stood a chance, but he wasn't extreme enough. Huntsman could have garnered alot of the Dems votes, but again he was just a little too sane.

    March 30, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    And the republican clown car keeps getting bigger all the time. Or, is it a garbage truck?

    March 30, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Tommy G

    The guy is highly intelligent and very articulate. He knows his stuff for sure. I believe he is a former FBI guy. Problem is he doesn't have any executive level experience and with Obama, we know how devastating that can be.

    However, he would make a great cabinet person once the Republicans take the White House in 2016. After 8 years of the Obama disaster and now the total failure of the Obama/Hillary "Russian Reset" policy, the nation will be ready to move forward with COMPETENT Republican leadership in the White House.

    March 30, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Bessy

    Lizzie

    Bessy and that from you, who fell for the slogan MAKE history vote for Pres.Obama.

    History has been made because now the world sees what losers the republican party are.

    March 30, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Chris-E...al

    I think parents and lots of older folks and and many young voters will choose repub over dems because of all the dems support for ever immoral act they could punder and shove down our throats rather we like it or not .

    March 30, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Who?

    March 30, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Don OB

    Seems everyone is leaving Congress. Seems suspicious. Are they afraid of what's coming? Smaller government is so bad? Is the Tea party that strong? Hope for America.

    Rogers and the other RINOs must know something is coming?

    March 30, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Gunderson

    Well, Lessee,
    Probably Congressman will be a part of next Administration. However, there will be so many Republicans elected after current Administration. it will be no fun to diss liberals. Cheer up everybody. It be good for you.

    March 30, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |