[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/02/art.schilling.gi.jpg 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."