Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer: Running for president would “ruin my life"

The populist Democrat nevertheless has not ruled out a 2016 bid

Published January 6, 2014 4:37PM (EST)

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is frequently talked about as a dark horse presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, so it was no surprise when he broached the subject on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday morning.

Asked whether he would run for president in 2016, Schweitzer said, "I haven't decided that," before adding, "It would ruin my life."

But despite his reservations about engaging in a 2016 presidential campaign, Schweitzer told the hosts of "Morning Joe" that he would be a successful president, citing his record as governor of Montana.

"As governor, I spent eight years — every single year I was governor we had the largest budget surplus in the history of Montana," Schweitzer said. "I cut more taxes than any governor in the history of Montana, invested more new money in education. If a Democrat is good with money, you can't beat 'em."

Schweitzer also touted his record as good candidate material. "When you've got a Democrat like me who is good with money and Republicans have to admit it, they say, 'Oh, we don't want to run against him again,'" he said.

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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