Coburn says he won't consider running for president
WASHINGTON _ Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said Saturday night that a newspaper report suggesting he may run for president this year is wrong.
Coburn, who declined to be interviewed, responded to a text message about the New York Times story, saying, "The Times is wrong."
Asked whether he would consider running for president, Coburn replied by text, "No."
Coburn, 68, resigned from the Senate in early 2015 amid a fight against a rare form of prostate cancer, though Coburn said then that he did not leave for health reasons.
The Muskogee Republican endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio last month and slammed GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
Coburn said Trump was "perpetuating a fraud on the American people. His empty promises, bullying and bloviating rhetoric will only deepen the frustration and disillusionment that gave rise to his campaign. He simply lacks the character, skills and policy knowledge to turn his grandiose promises into reality."
The New York Times story that cited Coburn as a possible independent candidate focused on efforts by conservatives to derail Trump's nomination and election, perhaps with a third-party candidate in the fall.
Coburn has been urged to run for president in the past but has dismissed the prospect.