September 2nd, 2009
02:48 PM ET
12 years ago

Schilling: 'I don't know' about Senate run

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Curt Schilling stumped for John McCain during his 2008 presidential campaign."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling is downplaying speculation that he may run for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat - but he's not ruling it out either.

"I've got a lot on my plate, so as of today, probably not," Schilling told NECN radio Wednesday, when asked if he's mulling a run. "I don't know, going forward. That's a pretty big deal from a commitment standpoint."

The six-time All-Star pitcher, a Republican who campaigned for John McCain in last year's presidential race, said he had been contacted about running, but he would not say by whom. He also declined to offer a timeline on when he might decide, saying only, "I'd have to make a decision pretty quickly."

Even if Schilling decides against pursuing the Kennedy seat, he still sounded an awful lot like a political candidate in the radio interview.

"My hope is that we're past that, that we're past the whole R and D thing," he said when asked how a Republican could win a statewide race in blue Massachusetts.

"My hope is that we understand now more than ever that we're in a place where we need to put the good people above all else," he said. "People without ties to special interests, people with integrity and ethics and 'Country First' values in office, regardless of the letter than preceeds their name."

But he also admitted that he might be a bit too outspoken for politics.

"One of the reasons I wouldn't be a good political candidate right now is that there needs to be an enormous about of house cleaning now, and I don't have a really good filter," he said. "Actually, my first press confernce could be my last as someone on the political scene."

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    I personally would prefer candidates who actually had held a job at least once in their lives; playing baseball may be fun but it's not a job and it doesn't qualify the person to hold office...except in states like Kentucky where the people don't expect much.

    September 2, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. For Love of Country

    If we don't TRY... then we don't DO.

    Let me encourage you to run for public office for the great state of Massachusetts. Your country needs fresh heads and hearts to bring the country together. Most Americans will support you, for Love of Country, no matter what party they belong to.

    September 2, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    Just about anyone can do better than Ted did. He was a pompous, corrupt sleaze ball. He was the epitome of the fat, overpriveledged political elite.

    September 2, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Mike Ft Collins , CO

    I find it interesting how many of these athletes are republicans seeing how anti-union the party is. They have done pretty well with what the players union has done for them and their ability to bargain.

    September 2, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    Oh please, please, please run!!!! I LOVE a good comedy skit!

    September 2, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Yeah, that's what I would want– a baseball player in the Senate. Will he sit in on the steroids hearings?

    September 2, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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