Tony's Future: Fighting Cancer

As he leaves the White House, Bush spokesman Tony Snow says he has other priorities higher than running for office.


He has been bitten by the White House bug twice, first as former President George H. W. Bush's speechwriter and then as W's spokesman, but Tony Snow says a future political post is off his list for now. In an exit interview with reporters, though, he says that running for office still looks good.

"I will not deny that it has its attractions," he says. But fighting cancer and making money are a higher priority. "For family reasons, I just won't do it. And furthermore, at this time in my life, like, I've got cancer. I want to fight cancer, and I want to spend time with my family. As attractive as running for office may be, a guy who is leaving the White House due to lack of income is not likely to go work in the United States Senate and suffer not only a greater lack of income but the indignity of having to ask for money all the time."