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Apr 17, 2012 9:32 AM by News Staff (KTVQ Billings)

Schweitzer says he's not interested in Washington D.C.

Montana's News Station sat down with Governor Brian Schweitzer on Monday to talk about his plans as he wraps up his final eight months as Montana's top official.

He's now focusing on his plan to address pension issues across the state and creating a health clinic for state employees.

Schweitzer says despite questions and mentions of him running for another office, including president. He, his wife Nancy and their dogs will most likely end up back at the ranch. He says he will most likely return to a position involving agriculture and engineering.

When asked about a run for Congress in 2014, he says Washington does not interest him.

"Not only does the United States Congress not intrigue me, on most days it disgusts me. Montana has demonstrated you can challenge expenses and you can run budget surpluses and Washington DC has demonstrated, whether it's Republicans or Democrats in charge that they just spend more money. They just push as much money out as possible and it does appear that people get elected and then reelected by trying to bribe people with their own money, and there's got to be a stop to that. You can challenge expenses. You can decrease the cost and delivery of programs. It's not about cutting programs. They could do just like the state of Montana has done, challenge expenses and delivery more for less."

Schweitzer is heading to New York City this week and will appear on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday the 25th. He will be handing out Montana Made products to New Yorkers promoting the new direct flight from New York to Bozeman.

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