Joe Scarborough Signals Interest in 2016 Presidential Run

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Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 10:09 AM

By Melanie Batley

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough is giving speeches in a number of early primary states, a sign that he appears to be taking a serious look at a presidential bid in 2016.

The host of "Morning Joe" delivered a speech at the South Carolina Automotive Council's yearly summit in Greenville last week, the Daily Caller reports.

"He sounded pretty presidential," one attendee at the event told the Daily Caller.
Scarborough is also scheduled to travel to New Hampshire in March to address the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference.

Earlier this month, The Daily Caller reported it was "widely believed at MSNBC" that Scarborough was "mulling a presidential bid." 

The newspaper also reported that former Bush adviser Mark McKinnon said the idea was on the table "ever since we first met years ago, but always in the abstract."

"On paper, he’s a great candidate," McKinnon told the Daily Caller. "He has the kind of confidence, ideas and media savvy required to make it on the big stage. And he’d be a lot of fun to watch because he wouldn’t be afraid to mix it up with anybody on any topic. I think it would be highly entertaining and good for the party."

In an interview earlier this month Scarborough, who toyed with the idea of a presidential bid in 2012, told radio host Hugh Hewitt, "I've always said I wanted to get back in." 

"I won't rule anything out. I've always said and I've always been open about the fact that the greatest job I ever had and the greatest honor I've ever had was being in the House of Representatives," he added.

The former GOP congressman from Florida served in the House from 1995 to 2001. In 2011, "Time 100" listed him as one of the most influential people in the world.

In November, Scarborough released a book entitled "The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics--and Can Again."

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