Scarborough mercurial on 2016 ambitions

Joe Scarborough can't seem to give a straight answer about his possible presidential ambitions.

On Wednesday, the MSNBC host of “Morning Joe” was interviewed on ABC’s “The View” and on conservative talk show “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

“The View’s” Barbara Walters asked Scarborough if he wants to run for president.

“No, no,” he replied. His co-host Mika Brzezinski interrupted and asked, “Do others want him to run? Yes.” Audience members at the talk show burst out with applause.

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On Hewitt’s program that same day, Scarborough was asked if he had ruled out running for the White House in 2016.

“No, I’m not going — I won’t rule anything out. I’ve always said, and I’ve always been very open about the fact that the greatest job I ever had, and the greatest honor I ever had, was being in the House of Representatives,” he said. “But no, I’ve always said I wanted to get back in. It’s just a matter of timing, and we’ll see when it happens.” 

Scarborough has previously expressed interest in a 2016 presidential run.

In a September 2012 interview with Vanity Fair, he said his new memoir was a tool to test his chances in the next presidential cycle.

“After the presidential inauguration in January, Joe (no fan of Mitt Romney’s—'I’ve been very critical') plans on publishing a memoir that will serve — no joke — as a vehicle to test the waters for a presidential run in 2016. Take that, Mr. Romney,” he told the magazine.

Scarborough served in Congress from 1995 until 2001. He would be 53 years old at the time of the 2016 election.