The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, who this week announced he would retire after his current term to take up a gig in talk radio, had an awkward exchange on Sunday with Fox News’s Chris Wallace about whether he plans to use his new radio show as a launch pad for higher political office.
Wallace recalled the hundreds of radio commentaries Ronald Reagan delivered after he left the California governor’s office in 1974, which the former president used to lay out many of the policy ideas he would implement when he was elected in 1980. “You know, Ronald Reagan, back in 1980, I don’t have to tell you, used his platform as a radio commentator to run for president, so, is that a consideration for you, are you prepared at this point to rule out any interest in 2016?” Wallace asked.
Rogers offered a flip response, telling Wallace, “Ronald Reagan used his platform on radio to run for president of the United States? I had no idea, Chris.”
The Michigan congressman, who has been mentioned as a possible nominee to head the FBI or the CIA, wouldn’t close the door on anything. “No, look, I’m gonna take it where it goes,” he said.