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April 20th, 2011
08:14 PM ET

Whitman "doubts" she will run for public office again


(CNN) – While former eBay CEO Meg Whitman indicated Wednesday afternoon that she’s out of politics, she is not giving the impression of sour grapes after her failed race for California governor.

When asked on Fox Business Network if she planned to run for public office again, she said, “I doubt it. I doubt it. I’m back in business working on some not-for-profit initiatives. I’ve joined the board of Teach for America and our local charter school here. So, that’s where I’m going to put my efforts.”

However, she encouraged patience when it comes to sitting Gov. Jerry Brown, who beat her last fall by a 13-point spread.

On Brown’s handling of the California budget crisis, Whitman said, “He’s still putting together his plan. He’s trying to make progress here, but I think it’s well known, I would have obviously taken quite a different tack in terms of reducing spending, without raising taxes.”

She continued, “I was clear about that in campaign, but let’s see what Gov. Brown can get done. He deserves a chance to be successful. It’s a different tack than I would have taken… But let’s see what happens.”

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