“It would ruin my life”

Schweitzer said ultimately, that’s what his decision would come down to.

“Take a look at what has happened to the president,” he said amid cross-chatter, adding, “and my family. … I have a pretty good life in the private sector right now.”

But the former governor did say he thinks he would make a good president, citing his record.

“As governor, I spent eight years, every single year I was governor we had the largest budget surplus in the history of Montana. I cut more taxes than any governor in the history of Montana, invested more new money in education,” Schweitzer said. “If a Democrat is good with money, you can’t beat ’em.”