Rogers to target 'celebrity politicians'

Lauren Schneiderman

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Sunday that his new radio gig will give him the chance to stand up to "celebrity politicians" with dangerous ideas on national security.

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Rogers, who announced he would not seek reelection on Friday, said he was proud of the work he has done as chairman.

But he said he could not pass up the chance to talk to people “every single day from California to Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina,” and to combat what he thinks are dangerous comments about national security.

“There’s a lot of celebrity politicians that are using issues, candidly, in Washington, D.C., today that are detrimental to the national security of the United States, and the politics in Washington has gotten as small as I’ve ever seen it,” Rogers said, declining to name the politicians to which he was referring.

Rogers also dodged the suggestion that invoking early primary states meant he was at least considering a 2016 presidential bid.

“Ronald Reagan used his platform on radio to run for president of the United States? I had no idea,” Rogers deadpanned.

“I’m going to take it where it goes,” Rogers continued. “This is a very unique opportunity.”