Gilmore Still Mulling His Options

By Erica Anderson

Nov 28, 2006 6:13pm

ABC News’ Erica Anderson Reports: Jim Gilmore, former Virginia governor and Republican National Committee chairman, told ABC News Tuesday that a 2008 presidential run is just one of several possibilities he is considering.

Along with considering a White House run, Gilmore said he could run for the Senate in 2008 if Sen. John Warner (R-VA), the silver-haired ex-husband of Elizabeth Taylor, decides to retire. Gilmore said that he might also seek a return to the governor’s office in 2009 when Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA) is barred from seeking a consecutive term.

Citing his "successful law practice" with Kelley, Drye, and Warren in Washington, DC, Gilmore said that he could also decide not to run for any future political office.

Gilmore, who was elected governor in 1997 on an "ax the tax" platform, would bring both executive and national security credentials to a presidential race. From 1999 to 2003, he chaired the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. The panel was popularly known as the Gilmore Commission.

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