If Chris Christie decides to run for president, he won’t be the first person to jump into a race after saying definitely that he would not. After all, when Tim Russert asked Barack Obama when he was still a senator whether he would run in 2008, Obama said, “I will not.”
But Chris Christie’s denials have sounded more heartfelt than your typical politician demurring on a run. He hasn’t quite sounded like William Sherman opting out of the 1884 race – “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected” – but he’s come pretty close.
Exhibit A: Christie’s interview with Diane Sawyer on April 6, 2011.
“I don’t feel ready in my heart to be president,” Christie said. “And unless I do, I don’t have any right offering myself to the people of this country.”
The entire exchange is worth watching as Christie speculation is again running rampant. You can watch the interview HERE .
To read the full transcript of their conversation click HERE