Holder Doesn’t Rule Out Running for Political Office in the Future

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder didn't rule out future political ambitions during an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday night.

Maddow asked Holder, who served during the Obama administration, whether he was ever going to run for political office during his first live television interview since President Donald Trump was sworn into office.

"I don't know. You know, I'm focused on this National Democratic Redistricting Committee. That's the focus of all my political activities at this  point," Holder said. "I want to make sure we repel these attacks on our democracy, try to end political gerrymandering to the extent that we can."

He went on to say he will see about future opportunities and that he will not say "no" about potentially running in the future. He added that future political ambitions are not what his main focus is right now.

"You're not working on the redistricting project because it's part of a larger project in terms of you getting back into political life and then electorally?" Maddow asked.

"No. I'm not being hyperbolic here. I think our democracy is under attack, if you look at gerrymandering in the way in which we have a system where politicians are picking their voters as opposed to citizens picking their representatives," Holder said.

Holder continued by talking about voter suppression laws and how the notion of "one man, one vote" is under attack and that he is determined to do what he can to ensure that it doesn't happen further.

Holder is the chairman of the NDRC, which has been using its financial resources to support Democratic candidates on the state level with redistricting percussions. The group has now put $750,000 into efforts to support Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.

Cameron Cawthorne

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Cameron Cawthorne is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013. Prior to joining Free Beacon, Cameron was a Legislative Assistant in the Virginia General Assembly and a War Room Analyst at America Rising.

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