Petraeus as Romney Running Mate? `Not’ Seeking Elected Office

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Gen. David Petraeus testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill.

Written with John Walcott

Eisenhower did it.

Al Haig declared he was in charge.

Wesley Clark tried it, too.

But David Petraeus, the retired four-star general, ex-commander of U.S. Central Command and commander of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan now serving as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has no designs on elected office, a spokesman says.

The question was prompted by a question to Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee: “Governor, have you met with General Petraeus in New Hampshire?’ Romney, who had spent some time at his lake house in Wolfeboro and told reporters he was having guests over, ignored the question. “Thank you so much,” he said, “good to see you.”

The Drudge Report was citing an “insider” as saying that President Barack Obama had whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes Romney wants to make Petraeus his running mate. The report said Romney was believed to have secretly met with the general in New Hampshire.

Preston Golson, CIA spokesman, was forthcoming and happily on-the-record on this one:

“Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position and, as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office.”

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