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FRIST SEES MEDICINE, NOT PRESIDENCY IN FUTURE

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., near the top of most lists of possible GOP presidential candidates in 2008, said Sunday he still sees himself as a physician and suggested that medical work rather than politics could be in his future.

Interviewed on "Fox News Sunday," Frist, 52, did not rule out a run for the presidency. But asked if he saw a potential president when he looked in a mirror, he replied: "No, I don't. The truth, every morning, I get up, I see a physician."

He said that before getting into politics, "I spent 20 years every day getting up and looking at that mirror and seeing a heart surgeon, and that's something that I still see."

Frist repeated that he plans to abide by his pledge to leave the Senate in 2006 after completing two terms.

Frist, a heart-lung transplant surgeon, is the Senate's only medical doctor.

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