DOES Kevin Rudd foresee himself as being prime minister again?
He has a one-word answer.
“No,” Australia’s foreign affairs minister said when asked by a member of the audience at an address in San Francisco on Thursday.
Recent polls have shown Mr Rudd up to three times more popular than Julia Gillard, who toppled him from the top job in June last year.
But apparently he is not keen for a second helping.
The question was a double-barrelled one at the end of Mr Rudd’s speech to the Asia Foundation, asking: “Do you foresee yourself stepping back into the role of Prime Minister and will the Wallabies win the World Cup?”
He replied: “Let me take those in the reverse order: Yes and no.”
The 53-year-old was in San Francisco with Defence Minister Stephen Smith for talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Mr Rudd had open-heart surgery six weeks ago and he told the audience San Francisco’s hilly streets were playing havoc with his attempt to follow doctor’s orders.
“Part of the exercise routine of course is to go out and exercise.
“I should have studied the topography of your city first.
“So if tomorrow you see in the San Francisco newspaper a guy wearing running gear and pulling a ventilator and defibrillator, that was me.”