CNN's Zucker: I'm Interested in Running for Office

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December 3, 2018

CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a newly released interview he is "very interested in politics" and is considering running for office someday.

On his podcast "The Axe Files," ex-Obama administration official David Axelrod asked Zucker where he thought he would be in five years.

"With regard to be where I'll be in five years ... I don’t know for sure where I’ll be but here’s the two things I do know: if the Miami Dolphins call, that’s where I’ll be," Zucker said near the end of their interview. "And number two, I still harbor somewhere in my gut that I’m still very interested in politics."

"You turned down an opportunity to work for Al Gore in 2000," Axelrod said. "You've talked in the past about potentially running for office."

"So, I’m still interested in that, and it’s something I would consider," Zucker said.

"Interesting," Axelrod said, asking him to give him a call if he's doing it. Axelrod served as the chief strategist for Barack Obama's successful 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Zucker has a unique perspective on politics because of his past relationship with President Donald Trump. Zucker signed him for "The Apprentice" while he was at NBC, which helped turn the billionaire into even more of a household name.

Since Trump took office, he and CNN have consistently been at odds with one another. CNN sued Trump and several of his aides last month to restore White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass. Trump often derides CNN as "fake news" and the media he dislikes in general as the "enemy of the people."