From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Former Sen. Sam Nunn weighs run for White House
Sam Nunn left the U.S. Senate more than 10 years ago.
Since then, the Georgia Democrat, who made his name nationally as a defense-minded hawk, has watched what’s happened to the country, and he’s more than a bit ticked — at the “fiasco” in Iraq, a federal budget spinning out of control, the lack of an honest energy policy, and a presidential contest that, he says, seems designed to thwart serious discussion of the looming crises.
In an hourlong interview, in his small office on Marietta Street on the edge of the Georgia Tech campus, Nunn acknowledged that he — like former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich — is considering a run for the White House next year.
But unlike Gingrich, Nunn would run outside the traditional two-party structure.
“It’s a possibility, not a probability,” said Nunn, now the head of a nonprofit organization out to reduce the threat posed by nuclear, biological and chemical weaponry. “My own thinking is, it may be a time for the country to say, ‘Timeout. The two-party system has served us well, historically, but it’s not serving us now.'”
The 68-year-old former senator, still considered one of the foremost experts on national security, confirmed that he’s discussed a presidential run as part of several conversations with Michael Bloomberg, the New York mayor.
In Democratic circles, Nunn served as a mainstay for party centrists, but also developed an unusually strong following among Republicans who liked Nunn’s independence and his emphasis on defense and fiscal conservatism.
Though not as well-known as he once was, Nunn’s reputation in Georgia remains high. On Tuesday, the Rome News-Tribune, responding to the first reports of Nunn’s interest in the presidency, promptly endorsed him.
Because of his well-mined expertise, for the past 20 years he has been a perennial possibility when presidential tickets are discussed. Each time he’s quickly said no.
What’s different this time?
“I am frustrated, and clearly frustrated, with the fact that I think my children and grandchildren are not going to have the kind of future they should be having,” Nunn said.
Political debate has been captured by the extreme wings of both parties, he said, ignoring solutions that can only be found in the middle.
“I do not see tough calls willing to be made by the body politic,” he said.
The question is whether the American center — or what’s left of it — shares his frustration.
Oh, geez, this just might push
Tweety Chris Matthews over the edge. Get out those spit guards before changing the channel to MSNBC!