Is Alvin Greene Mulling a Presidential Run in 2012?

By Michelle Dubert

Nov 9, 2010 4:44pm

ABC News’ Michelle Dubert reports:

Undeterred by a stinging loss to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in South Carolina’s Senate race, come-from-nowhere Democratic candidate Alvin Greene is considering another run for public office – but this time he’s aiming even higher.

In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, Greene confirmed that he is contemplating a run for President in 2012. However, he has yet to decide which party he would run in should he decide to throw his hat into the ring.

When asked if he would run as a Republican this time, Greene replied, “Maybe,” and asked this reporter when the filing deadline is.

When pressed, Greene was noncommittal about whether he would run as a Democrat and challenge President Obama in a primary, repeating that he’d “have to think about party.”

Greene cited the current economy as the chief motivator for his potential bid. While he declined to offer an assessment of President Obama’s handling of the recession, Greene said, “The people who started the recession are being rewarded. I see that. They’re re-electing people such as my opponent in the Senate.”

Greene’s favorite talking point during his Senate campaign was to charge DeMint with starting the economic downturn. Greene received only 28 percent of the vote in last week’s election, compared to 62 percent who voted for DeMint.

He said right now he is about 50 percent likely to run, but would need to find out more information before making a decision.

If Greene can’t decide on a party, he could always follow Stephen Colbert’s model of running for president as both a Democrat and Republican in 2008 – but only in South Carolina. Of course, Colbert never made it on the ballot.

Greene’s unlikely ascent in South Carolina came after his surprising victory in the Democratic primary, after he did not campaign and did not raise money for the race. He is currently facing misdemeanor and felony pornography charges, after he allegedly approached a University of South Carolina student in the school’s computer lab, showed her lewd photos online and suggested going to her dorm room in November 2009.

 

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