CIA: Petraeus not in GOP veepstakes

CIA Director David Petraeus has no interest pursuing the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket this November, an agency spokesman tells The Hill. 

The spokesman noted Petraeus will remain as head of the U.S. intelligence agency.

"Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve the country in his current position, and as he has stated clearly numerous times, he will not seek elected office," CIA spokesman Todd Ebitz said Tuesday. 

Ebitz's comments came shortly after White House press secretary Jay Carney flatly denied claims that President Obama suggested that Petraeus was being eyed for the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket. 

"I can say with absolute confidence that such an assertion has never been uttered by the president," Carney told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday. 

Rumors over Petraeus's political ambitions began swirling around in Washington on Tuesday after a story was posted on The Drudge Report suggesting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was considering Petraeus as his vice presidential pick. 

Petraeus, who headed up U.S. forces in Iraq and later in Afghanistan after Gen. Stanley McChrystal was forced out of command in 2010, was on the Romney campaign's short list of vice presidential picks, according to the report. 

The former four-star general's military bonafides, combined with his experience overseeing the White House's counterterrorism campaign as head of CIA, could bolster Romney's national security credentials, the report states. 

Romney's recent performances on the international stage have provided the Obama administration with more than enough ammunition to hammer away at the former Massachusetts governor's lack of foreign-policy experience. 

"He’s been fumbling the foreign-policy football from country to country. And there’s a threshold question that he has to answer for the American people and that’s whether he’s prepared to be commander in chief. ... This raises some questions about his preparedness,” deputy campaign press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in July.

Numerous gaffes by Romney and his staff during an overseas trip to the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland forced the campaign into damage control. 

Romney's remarks at the Veterans for Foreign Wars, a speech that was designed to bolster the candidate's national security platform, was criticized by Democrats as a throwback to Cold War-era strategies. 

Former four-star general and failed Democratic presidential nominee Wesley Clark characterized Romney's VFW speech as "throwing out a bunch of general [statements] that have no basis in reality," he told reporters in July. 

"Maybe [that] works in the primary season, maybe it fires up the base, but it doesn’t work now," the former general chided.