Will MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough run for president in 2016? A recent news article suggested that his new memoir will be his way to test the waters of possibly running in four years.
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, author Douglas Brinkley made the suggestion that Joe Scarborough, a four-term Florida representative and longtime media personality, is publishing a memoir after the presidential inauguration that will serve “as a vehicle to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016.”
Politico caught up with Scarborough to address the speculation about his potential White House bid. The “Morning Joe” co-host shot down the rumors and confirmed that he has “no plans to run in 2016.” However, he did not rule out the possibility for a run in the future if he changes his mind.
“I've got no plans to run in 2016, or in 2020. But you never know what's going to happen,” explained Scarborough. “Every two years, there's someone suggesting that I run for Senate. Every two years, the national party comes to me. I've always been really flattered. But I look around, and I have the best job in the world. I have no desire to leave.”
According to a report from MSNBC, the Vanity Fair article and photograph that portrays both Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski actually dates back to 2010, when Scarborough’s political future was up in the air.
“We had the photo shoot and spoke to them in 2010, and they asked me if I was running in 2012. I said no, but did say that Bloomberg's people and some of my friends had been talking about the possibility of us getting together and discussing possibilities in 2012 -- but we never actually sat down and talked about it," Scarborough said. "We were talking generally about 2012, but I never said I was going to run, and there was no reason why I would have said that.”
Brinkley responded to a comment from the political news organization and said that Scarborough never told him he was running in 2016. “It's not a quote of him saying that. It's just a goofy paragraph to go with the photo of Mika.”
Meanwhile, the news made its way to former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who apparently found the news quite hilarious. Over the course of a half-hour, Olbermann continued to write on Twitter “HAHAHAHA.”
“I’m sorry. President of WHAT?.....HAHAHAHAHA....,” wrote the former Current host. “Oh Sweet Jesus. John Edwards has a better chance of being elected President. THIS year. HAHAHAHA... OK I’m done now. I think.”