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Report: Frist won't run in '08

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Published: Wednesday November 29, 2006

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Several news agencies are reporting that current Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) will not seek the Republican nomination for President in 2008.

Frist, who did not seek re-election in 2006, was widely expected to pursue the nation's highest office and had been preparing to do so for over a year. Instead, he now plans a return to his "professional roots" as a physician at the end of his term in January.

"In the Bible, God tells us for everything there is a season," Frist said in a statement, "and for me, for now, this season of being an elected official has come to a close. I do not intend to run for president in 2008."

"In the short term, I will resume my regular medical mission trips as a doctor around the world to serve those in poverty, in famine, and in civil war," he said. "I will continue to be a strong voice to fix what is broken in our health care system and to address the issues of clean water and public health globally."

Though Frist handily won certain insider polls, he has been criticized by some for his performance as Majority Leader. After the party's six-seat loss in the chamber, he will be succeeded as majority leader in the new Congress by Nevada Democrat Harry Reid.