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Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Gene Sperling listen to President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, June 24, 2013. (REUTERS/Larry Downing) Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Gene Sperling listen to President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, June 24, 2013. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)  

Obama Aide Valerie Jarrett Open To Running For Office [VIDEO]

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Valerie Jarrett, the senior aide to President Barack Obama, indicated in an interview that aired Sunday that she is open to running for office someday herself.

Speaking with NBC’s Cynthia McFadden during an interview on Meet the Press, Jarrett said it is “unlikely” she would ever pull the trigger on a run, but did not close the door completely.

Jarrett, a longtime Obama staffer and family friend who has the ear of the president, also said she’s “absolutely 100 percent positive” that first lady Michelle Obama will not run for elected office.

Here is an excerpt:

CYNTHIA MCFADDEN:  Is Michelle Obama going to run for office?
VALERIE JARRETT: No.  On that–
CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: You said that very definitively.
VALERIE JARRETT: Well, I’m absolutely 100% positive that that will never happen.
CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: How about Valerie Jarrett?  Will you ever run for office?
VALERIE JARRETT: Unlikely.
CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: But maybe?
VALERIE JARRETT: Not as definitive as the first lady, but highly unlikely.

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