[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.