February 9th, 2011
03:56 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is used to speaking on behalf of the Obama administration in his daily briefing. Today, Gibbs spoke for himself, ruling out a run for the U.S. Senate.
When asked how Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s (D) announcement that he will not seek re-election would impact the 2012 elections, Gibbs admitted the Old Dominion state would be competitive.
“Will you run?” a White House reporter asked. Gibbs, a Virginia resident, laughed and replied in no uncertain terms, “I wouldn’t serve if I was appointed.”
The outgoing press secretary is leaving the White House Sunday, but will continue to be an outside adviser to the president as a private citizen.
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