The Washington Times - January 6, 2014, 07:43AM

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Monday left the door open to running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 and distanced himself from the people in his party that “write checks and don’t check how much money is in the bank account.”

“I haven’t decide that,” Mr. Schweitzer, a Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He added, “It would ruin my life.”


Mr. Schweitzer has flirted with the idea of a run for the White House and has been critical of fellow Democrats — including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in early polls — who supported former President George W. Bush’s push to go to war in Iraq.

Asked whether he thought he would be a good president, Mr. Schweitzer said, “I think so” and said that he oversaw large surpluses, tax cuts and increased investments in education during his eight years as governor.

“If a Democrat is good with money, you can’t beat them,” he said. “They believe in education, they believe in a safety net for the last and the least. But Democrats who just write checks and don’t check how much money is in the bank account, they hurt our brand name.”