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Glenn Beck Casually Floats Surprise Idea: ‘I Don’t Think I’ve Said This on the Air’


"Honestly this weekend I was thinking..."

Glenn Beck hinted Monday morning that his work in media might not be the pinnacle of his career. In fact, the radio host casually floated the idea of a potential run for the presidency.

"I’ve told you guys this, I don’t think I’ve said this on the air," Beck said on The Glenn Beck Radio Program. "In eight to 12 years, I’m thinking about running for president of the United States."

Though it wasn't clear whether he was speaking seriously or sarcastically, Beck shared his potential political aspirations after he and co-host Pat Gray discussed their plan to defeat the Islamic State.

"Marcus [Luttrell] gathers about 300 of his closest, most personal SEAL friends. You untie their hands. You remove all the rules of engagement," Gray said of his plan to defeat radical Islam. "You say, 'We’re not going to pay a bit of attention to what you do. You just go.' And they kill every single member of ISIS. You give them six months, and they kill every member."

Beck agreed, adding that he would do just that, if he ever were to actually become president.

"Honestly this weekend I was thinking, 'If I was president, what would I do?' And that was part of it," Beck said. "But the other part is, we have to find a way to short-circuit [the Islamic State's] prophecy. And this is why when anybody says, 'This has nothing to do with Islam,' you have to impress on them, it has everything to do with Islam."

Whether his comments were genuine or in jest, Beck was adamant that the U.S. would not be able to defeat the Islamic State as long as the government keeps "denying this has anything to do with Islam."

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