Bill Frist: Petraeus Not Interested in President

The former majority leaders says the general would make a good president.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

They've known each other ever since 1991 when Bill Frist—later a Senate majority leader—sewed up an accidental gunshot wound in Lt. Col. David Petraeus—now the four-star Iran-Afghanistan war boss. So when physician Frist, writing in his new book A Heart to Serve: The Passion to Bring Health, Hope, and Healing, compares the Army general to Gens. Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, is he feeding the Petraeus presidential buzz? Frist tells Whispers, "As a principled leader with experience, he obviously would be a superb candidate and a superb president." But Frist says it isn't going to happen. "He will not do it, is not interested in it," the former senator says. "He has made clear to me and to others that he's not interested, and I believe him."

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