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9 Presidential Flirts

How many ways can a politician say “no”—while still leaving the door open to a presidential run?

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The Last Candidate of Last Resort: Jim DeMint

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To the disappointment of his hard-line Tea Party backers, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has ruled out a presidential run, but he flirted with it early in the race. His message: I’ll do it if the rest aren’t conservative enough. “Right now, I have no plans to run for president,” he said in November, adding, “I’m looking for someone who will have the courage and leadership abilities to come out and make the hard decisions that we need to turn this country away from a cliff.”

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