Nunn not rul­ing out White House bid

For­mer Ge­or­gia sen­a­tor crit­i­cizes par­ti­san­ship

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ben Evans

WASH­ING­TON — For­mer Demo­cratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Ge­or­gia said Fri­day he is frus­trated with the di­rec­tion of the pres­i­den­tial race and ac­knowl­edged talk­ing with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and oth­ers about an in­de­pen­dent chal­lenge to the ma­jor par­ties.

“We’ve had con­ver­sa­tions about frus­tra­tion with the fact that the process is flawed,” Nunn said of Bloomberg, who has sent mixed sig­nals about a po­ten­tial in­de­pen­dent White House bid. “I’ve told him ... it may be time for some se­ri­ous peo­ple to look at what I call a time-out and hav­ing peo­ple of good faith in the Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can par­ties to come to­gether and ad­dress the is­sues that the par­ties don’t seem to want to ad­dress.”

“We have not dis­cussed any kind of joint strat­egy,” Nunn added in an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press. “I have just had con­ver­sa­tions with him.”

Nunn, a mod­er­ate who earned a rep­u­ta­tion for bi­par­ti­san­ship dur­ing four terms in the Se­nate, was fre­quently men­tioned as a po­ten­tial pres- iden­tial or vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date be­fore he re­tired in 1996.

He said he isn’t rul­ing out his own White House run. But he in­sisted that he’s not try­ing to open the door to a cam­paign.

“The only thing I would con­sider would be run­ning for the big of­fice,” he said, re­fer­ring to the White House.

While he said he isn’t in­ter­ested in a vice pres­i­den­tial bid, he didn’t rule that out ei­ther.

“Any dis­cus­sion like that, I think, should come af­ter the nom­i­nees are se­lected and I think it’s very un­likely that I would be con­tacted or in­ter­ested,” he said.

Whether he’s in­volved with a cam­paign or not, Nunn said he plans to speak out more be­cause he thinks the pri­mary sys­tem pushes can­di­dates to­ward “wing is­sues” in­stead of fun­da­men­tal pri­or­i­ties like long-term fis­cal sta­bil­ity and na­tional se­cu­rity.

“There is an au­di­ence out there that wants a se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion,” he said.

Bloomberg fu­eled spec­u­la­tion that he might run for pres­i­dent in June when he left the Repub­li­can Party and reg­is­tered as an in­de­pen­dent. He has de­nied that he plans to run, but he also has been speak­ing out on na­tional is­sues while crit­i­ciz­ing par­ti­san pol­i­tics.

He could not be reached for com­ment im­me­di­ately Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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