The Daily Beast is reporting that former Klansman David Duke is thinking about seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Duke, 61, plans to test the waters by launching a 25-city tour later this month.
“When someone asserts the Holocaust never took place, then I don’t believe that person ever deserves one iota of public trust,” said Bush shortly before the runoff election between Duke and Edwards. “When someone has so recently endorsed Nazism, it is inconceivable that someone can reasonably aspire to a leadership role in a free society.”
If Duke joins the crowded field for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, it will be his third campaign for the presidency. After briefly seeking the Democratic nomination in 1988, Duke received 47,004 votes in the general election as the nominee of the far-right Populist Party.
Four years later, the former Louisiana lawmaker sought the Republican presidential nomination, finishing a distant third to President Bush and conservative columnist Pat Buchanan in virtually every primary he entered before withdrawing from the contest in late April.