Larry Kudlow Favors CNBC Over U.S. Senate

Larry Kudlow told the conservative paper Human Events that he’s flattered by everyone who wants to draft him to run for Senate. But …

“But, and this is a very important thing, and from the heart, I love my work at CNBC. I just love it. And that’s the reason why I have no plans to run for the Senate at the present time,” Mr. Kudlow explained.

“The network has been great for me. It’s a second career and it’s gone very well with God’s grace. Frankly, that’s a major impediment to any political campaigning,” he said.

The “Draft Kudlow” movement urgently Twittered that Mr. Kudlow didn’t say he’s not running, and that this isn’t a change in position for the television host.

But the whole notion of a Kudlow candidacy got a bit of cold water thrown on it last week when the approval numbers for his would-be opponent, Chuck Schumer, came back up from a nine-year low. Mr. Schumer’s approval had fallen from 58 percent in September to just 47 percent at the beginning of February, making the entrenched incumbent seem maybe, perhaps, beatable. In a new Marist poll at the beginning of the week, his approval ticked back up to 51 percent—with Mr. Schumer still beating Mr. Kudlow by a 3-to-1 margin.

If this week of aborted candidacies is any indication, Mr. Kudlow will float the idea that he had tremendous bipartisan support and surely would have won, but just decided not to.

  Larry Kudlow Favors CNBC Over U.S. Senate