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Petraeus: I’m still not interested in entering politics

Gen. David Petraeus still has no interest in entering politics, despite the speculation surrounding his upcoming speech at a New Hampshire college. "I have spoken at numerous universities, World Affairs Councils, and other venues all over the country in recent years … and this is just one more such event," Petraeus said in an e-mail ...

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Gen. David Petraeus still has no interest in entering politics, despite the speculation surrounding his upcoming speech at a New Hampshire college.

"I have spoken at numerous universities, World Affairs Councils, and other venues all over the country in recent years … and this is just one more such event," Petraeus said in an e-mail to The Cable. When asked if he had any interest in entering politics, he responded, "No, as I’ve said repeatedly, on the record."

OK, clear enough.

Petraeus will talk at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the end of this month, the college’s newspaper reported.

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