MSNBC host Joe Scarborough told The New York Times on Tuesday that he is not considering a presidential run in 2016, despite speculation to the contrary. "I’m not running, and I’m not considering running," he said. "I’m not making any Shermanesque statements, but I do not expect that to change." Did Scarborough catch a case of the Trumps?
Not exactly. While the Morning Joe host has said the speculation about him jumping into the race is "fun," he's been a lot more measured than Donald Trump was in 2012. For one, he's open about the fact that presidential chatter helps raise his profile. At the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in New Hampshire last weekend, he told The Atlantic's Molly Ball that being included in the NRLC straw poll would've helped him promote his recent book. "I could have gotten some good press, you know?" he said. "The reception was good, I was signing some books. It was very positive." (MSNBC asked NRLC organizers to remove his name from the straw poll to avoid any conflict of interest.)
Scarborough has also held public office before. Trump, despite "running" for various offices over the years (most recently for Governor of New York), has never made it through a campaign. Scarborough served three-and-a-half terms in office as a Florida congressman in the 1990s. He joined MSNBC in 2003.