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SPRINGER ADMITS PASSION FOR POLITICS

Television talk show host Jerry Springer, called the "ringmaster" for his raucous show known for its on-stage brawls, says he won't rule out a return to the political ring.

The former Cincinnati mayor says politics is his passion, and it's likely he'll return to the city one day to run for office.

He had considered a challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine in 2000, but declined, saying he had committed his time to the show.

"Trust me, I really thought about doing it," Springer said Friday during a voter registration rally. But he added, "I can't imagine doing the show while in the Senate."

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