Carr rules out becoming Labor leader
AAPMarch 18, 2013, 10:16 am
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Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he would not stand if nominated to replace Julia Gillard as prime minister.
Asked about a Fairfax/Nielsen poll which showed he was the most popular Labor leader after Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, Senator Carr said he was not interested in becoming prime minister.
He quoted United States civil war general William Sherman to make his point.
“If nominated I would not stand, if elected I would not serve,” he told ABC radio on Monday.
Senator Carr, who is in the US to meet Secretary of State John Kerry, refused to engage in leadership talk during the interview.
“I’m not going to engage in the sort of speculative flurry that you’re obviously interested in about domestic policies. I would be happy if we got onto the international agenda as soon as possible,” he said.