AKRON, Ohio - It seemed Jerry Springer's final thought on politics was, he wasn't going to get involved again. Now he's talking about running for governor of Ohio.
The talk show host, who's a Democrat, spent about $1 million this year to determine voter support for a possible U.S. Senate run in a primary, and eventually a possible campaign against Republican incumbent Sen. George Voinovich.
Springer decided against it in August, saying he realized he couldn't be elected as long as he remains host of raunchy "The Jerry Springer Show."
But on Thursday, Springer told students at the University of Akron that he's open to the possibility of running for Ohio governor in 2006. If he decides to join the race, he'll quit doing his Chicago-based syndicated series, which he called the "silliest show ever."
More than 300 students gathered at the university's student center to hear the 59-year-old former Cincinnati mayor urge students to become more politically active. He said education would be a major plank in any future campaign platform.
"Education has to be the top priority of Ohio," Springer said. "If I ran for governor, I would have a clear commitment to early childhood education, particularly in troubled school districts."