Term-limited Bredesen plans future out of politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Term-limited Gov. Phil Bredesen has a few ideas about what he wants to do once he leaves office, but says another political campaign likely isn't among them.

The 66-year-old Democrat said after a speech to the Tennessee Press Association on Thursday night that he had considered running for the U.S. Senate a few times during his time in office, but had quickly decided against it.

In Bredesen's words: "I don't think I'd be good at it, and I don't think I'd be happy at it."

The governor said he's looking forward to taking several months off after his successor takes office in January, possibly to drive his truck up the Alaska Highway or to do some fishing.

But Bredesen said he would stop short of saying "absolutely not ever" to a future political bid.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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