August 30, 2010 in City

Beck rules out 2012 run for White House

Michael A. Memoli Tribune Washington bureau
 

WASHINGTON – Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin had a message to deliver – that the nation was at a dire crossroads – and thousands showed up Saturday at the National Mall to receive it. But Sunday, Beck reiterated that the pair would not join forces in 2012 on a national ticket for president and vice president.

“Not a chance,” Beck said in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” on the same network that broadcasts the radio and TV host’s daily show. “I have no desire to be president of the United States. Zero desire. I don’t think that I would be electable.”

He added: “And there are far too many people that are far smarter than me to be president.”

Palin, whose appearance on the National Mall came nearly two years to the day after she was introduced as John McCain’s running mate, told Politico in a brief interview that she and Beck “like what we’re doing now.”

Estimates of the crowd size at Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial vary. A CBS News count based on aerial photography pegged attendance at 87,000. Organizers said it was closer to 500,000.

Beck continued to downplay the notion that Saturday’s demonstration had political intent. Still, he said a mass gathering like that spoke to the fact that Americans were concerned over the direction of the nation.

“You don’t get that many people to come to Washington and stand there and have that kind of a moment without signs, without any political messages, for no reason,” he said in the Fox interview. That’s “the first message” that politicians should get, he said. “People aren’t really happy with things.”


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