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Tony Perkins Suggests He May Run For David Vitter's Senate Seat: 'I Never Say Never'

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FRC President Tony Perkins speaks during The Family Research Council (FRC) Action Values Voter Summit September 14, 2012 at a hotel in Washington, DC. The summit is an annual political conference for US social conservative activists and elected officials. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages) | MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images
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Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, suggested Wednesday that he may run for David Vitter's Senate seat should the Republican senator be elected governor next year.

In an interview with The Hill, Perkins said he would not rule out running for Vitter's seat should it become open.

“I never say never anymore,” he said, adding that he intends to stay in his role at the conservative Christian group for the "foreseeable future."

Perkins also weighed in on Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the GOP establishment-backed candidate running to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) this year.

“I think his problem is his record. He’s been pretty weak on the issues. If the Republicans want to win, they actually need to find a stronger candidate," Perkins said.

Despite his strong criticism of Cassidy, Perkins said he would not be jumping in the race himself.

“I would rather somebody else do it," he said.

Perkins is no stranger to electoral politics, having served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004. He also ran for the U.S. Senate in 2002, but was defeated in the Republican primary by Suzanne Haik Terrell, who eventually lost to Landrieu.

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