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Friday
Feb012013

Geraldo Rivera Running for Senate?

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Who's the latest candidate to make some baby steps toward a run in New Jersey for U.S. Senate? "Buckle your seat belts," Fox News host and longtime media personality Geraldo Rivera said Thursday.

He went on Fox News Friday to explain the decision, saying he's a Republican because of fiscal issues, not social ones. He said his is a "point of view that is unrepresented in states like New Jersey."

"So, you have to take my fiscal positions on being a Republican who believes that we have to bail out future generations rather than indebt future generations with some of these social policies that aren't in sync with much of traditional GOP politics, at least not in recent years," Rivera said on Fox & Friends.

"There can be a new vitalization of the Republican Party, a concept where we extol the virtues of good business and fiscal policy and fight the deficit and don't advocate the printing of money in obscene amounts just to cover our debts."

Rivera, 69, added, "I believe in immigration reform. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage. I believe in choice. Not obscenely, but I believe in Roe vs. Wade."

It's unclear whether he will leave Fox to consider a run. Before the 2012 campaign, the network ended agreements with presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

In December,  Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker announced he was considering a run for the Senate seat held by 89-year-old Frank Lautenberg.

Lautenberg has not let on whether he wants to run for another term next year.

Rep. Frank Pallone, the U.S. congressman from New Jersey's 6th District, has long expressed interest in the Senate seat, recently telling Democratic leaders he would run if Lautenberg decides not to.

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