NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is returning to teach at Vanderbilt University and planning a statewide swing this week in support of Republican legislative candidates.
Both moves are likely to fuel speculation about Frist's gubernatorial ambitions in 2010. Frist, who retired from the Senate in 2007, has said he will decide early next year about whether to run for governor.
Frist was a transplant surgeon at Vanderbilt before being elected to the Senate in 1994. His new course will focus on teaching business and medical students about the complexities of delivering health care.
Frist was widely expected to make a bid for the 2008 Republican nomination for president, but has cited his close ties with the unpopular Bush administration for his decision not to run.
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