Comey says he'd be a 'crappy candidate"
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden to keep Wray as FBI director Comey: 'Republican Party has to be burned to the ground' Juan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump MORE pushed back Wednesday on the idea that he's considering a career in politics, telling readers at a book event that he’d make a “crappy candidate.”

"I hate the idea of asking people for money," Comey said to an auditorium of 2,000 supporters in Florida, according to the Miami Herald.

Promoting his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” Comey recounted his experiences serving under two presidential administrations, including his handling of the former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSamantha Power's Herculean task: Turning a screw with a rubber screwdriver Beau Biden Foundation to deny lobbyist donations, make major donors public Whoopi Goldberg wears 'my vice president' shirt day after inauguration MORE email probe and the investigation into possible collusion between President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE's campaign and Russia. 

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Comey also criticized the National Rifle Association, accusing the organization of selling “fear” to gun owners.

The former FBI chief said he would support “reasonable restrictions” to current gun laws, and criticized the idea that new gun control measures are a “slippery slope.” 

"It's not a slippery slope, it's a concrete set of stairs" Comey added. "Let’s have these conversations standing there, holding the rails." 

Some speculated that Comey may consider a bid for office after Trump fired him last year. The rumors grew when Comey tweeted a photo in October of himself leaving Iowa — a key stop for potential presidential candidates.

Comey has shut down such rumors in the past, saying on ABC's "Good Morning America" last month that he would "never" run for president.