April 9th, 2009
04:24 PM ET
14 years ago

Montel Williams wants to run for office

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/09/art.montel1.gi.jpg caption=" Montel Williams wants to run for office, he told Politico. "](CNN) - Does Montel Williams want to embark on the well-worn path from television personality to politician?

In a Thursday interview with Politico, Williams, who was a daytime talk show host for 17 years and is launching a radio show on Air America this week, said running for office is something he wants to do - just not anytime soon.

"The sight in mind is 17 years in radio - I may have to take a break for just a little while in those 17 years to run for office, but that won't be for at least ten years," he told Politico. " So you're going to be listening to me to persuade others to do the right thing, and then I'm going to step up myself."

Williams, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is a prominent advocate for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, also said he has had discussions at "multiple levels of government about the responsibility of us all who feel as if we have the audacity to open our mouths and complain about what happens in our society and then not step up to the plate to do something about it."

The best way to do something about it is through public service," he said.

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  1. Nick

    from james alxander:

    I hope he's not looking for the black vote. because obama has not done anything for black people or minorties. nothing, and blacks were so rushed to vote for him. and everything is still same the way george w bush left it. poor blacks still at the bottom since the 1800's.

    obama was a mistake for blacks. he's hurting not helping

    There are plenty of minorities besides blacks. He cant really do anything for blacks, if there is rascism then society has to cure it, we have tons of laws in place to prevent it from affecting someones job or education.

    The minority he can actually help tremendously is the GLBT community: not being allowed in the military, not being allowed to marry, not being allowed to have kids in some states, job descrimination based on sexual orientation, etc....

    Im not saying he cant help blacks at all, but overall the Federal government has done what it can.

    April 9, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Mike O'Brien

    Montel Williams.., you are the 'last' person that I would 'vote' for. Mike in Montana

    April 9, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. m cella

    Montel: I know you're tempted but please don't play the disabled and/or race card;please don't drag OPRAH into this. I've watched you on TV;you're not smart enough for the job.

    April 9, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. a southern progressive

    any american citizen who wants to, should run for office if they feel like it. nothing worse than a life not lived.

    April 9, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. No Incumbents 2010

    "public service," Now there's a phrase most politicians have forgotten.

    April 9, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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