December 2nd, 2012
05:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Schweitzer's 'warm regard' for Iowa, New Hampshire fuels 2016 speculation

(CNN) - Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Montana, skirted around speculation he might throw his 10-gallon hat in the campaign ring for a 2016 White House bid, but gave a playful nod Sunday to voters in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

"It's way too early to talk about 2016," he told a political panel on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." "I'm the governor of Montana until January. At that point, I'll no longer have the governor's mansion. I'll no longer have a driver. I won't have security so I'll have a little more time on my hands. I think I did mention that I have a warm regard for people of Iowa and New Hampshire."

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Crowley replied, "Which we would all like to say is not a no."

Schweitzer smiled and the panel laughed but the outspoken, two-term governor insisted no one outside of the Beltway is talking about 2016.

"The rest of this country, they're trying to create jobs; they're trying to get their kids off to school; they're trying to make their payments on their house or their car," he said. "Washington, D.C. 2016: completely out of touch."

Just as then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's 2004 convention speech stoked presidential speculation, Schweitzer's 2008 convention address sparked questions of the governor’s aspirations for national office.

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soundoff (3 Responses)

    He's awesome!!! & he would definitely keep all swing states in play.....

    December 2, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. plain&simple

    Energy state democrat ,doesn't give the republicans a lot to complain about....helps that he happens to be white to!

    December 2, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Gregory M. Newbold

    He might be a smart pick for the Democrats over O`Malley, Cuomo, and others likely to be mentioned.

    Level headed and moderate in tone, he won`t be off putting to traditional Dem constituiencies. for example, he has been a strong supporter/ surrogate for Obama – – African Americans & Latinos have observed this and will reward him. Moreover, cowboy Swietzer may give Democrats a boost with white males.

    Couple him with Kirsten Gilebrand as VP and this is a very attractive ticket with broad geographic, gender appeal and neither appears to be an intellectual lightweight. [He`s no Perry; she`s no Palin].

    The Dems need to capture the Whitehouse after aobama so that they can repair the conservative damage to the Federal judiciary, including the Supreme Court. That and gerry mandering has propped the GOP up for 30 years.

    December 3, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |