Despite recent press suggesting Gov. Bill Haslam should be on the list of presidential contenders, the governor said there is “zero” truth to rumors he would consider a bid.
The governor has been the subject of several recent news articles calling him the “GOP star you’ve never heard of,” with political insiders suggesting he could be a contender for the White House.
“There’s about 20 people who would be better at it, no, more than that,” Haslam told reporters after addressing small business groups like the National Federation of Independent Business Tuesday morning at the Downtown Hilton. “There’s at least 20 people who’d be better than me.”
When asked directly whether there were truth to the rumors he would consider running for president, he said, “there’s zero.”
Haslam also told reporters he plans to decide whether to expand Tennessee’s Medicaid program by the end of the month and added that he is likely to sign legislation that would allow legally storing guns in locked vehicles parked in lots.