Sen. Barak Obama (D.-Ill.) one of the Democratic party’s fastest-rising stars definitively laid rumors of a presidential bid to rest today. When asked directly by Meet the Press’ Tim Russert this morning if he would run as a 2008 Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate Obama said he would not.
Below is the related transcript from the show:
MR. RUSSERT: There’s been enormous speculation about your political future, Senator. The man you succeeded in the Senate, Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican, said this recently. "I think there’s a very good chance that Senator Obama is on the Democratic ticket in 2008 as the vice presidential nominee." Do you agree?
SEN. OBAMA: No. I can’t speculate on those kinds of things. What I have said is that, you know, I’m not focused on running for higher office, I’m focused on doing the job that the people of Illinois sent me to do.
MR. RUSSERT: But there seems to be an evolution in your thinking. This is what you told the Chicago Tribune last month: "Have you ruled out running for another office before your term is up?" Obama answered, "It’s not something I anticipate doing." But when we talked back in November of ’04 after your election I said, "There’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from
Illinois?" Obama, "Absolutely."
SEN. OBAMA: I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you g et asked enough, sooner or later you’re going to get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed.
MR. RUSSERT: So you will not run for president or vice-president in
SEN. OBAMA: I will not.