The former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company may be eyeing an even more impressive title: President of the United States. Mr. Mulally has been a live guest on the Car Pro Show numerous times.
Asked by ABC News’ Dan Harris if he would ever make a bid for the White House, Alan Mulally pointedly did not rule it out.
“I really think it’s important that we all pull together … around a compelling vision for our country and a comprehensive strategy to do it and work together,” Mulally said with a laugh at a radio industry conference in Indianapolis on Thursday.
“With all of you as my witness, he did not say no,” Harris told the audience.
An audience member also posed the question to Mulally of whether he would run for office and again his reply was not a refusal to the idea.
“This is our country,” Mulally said. “We’ve all got to get really, really engaged with what we think is really important to get our wonderful country going again.”
The ABC News anchor also asked Mulally what he plans on doing now that he has retired and his five children have all grown up. The 68-year-old, who rebuilt Ford Motor and now serves on Google’s board of directors, did not have an answer.
“I can’t give you a definitive answer for that now,” he said. “I have my health and my energy and I love, I absolutely love serving.” In subsequent interviews, Mr. Mulally has said he would not run, but we’ve heard that from candidates plenty of times in the past.
He has not publicly discussed his party affiliation, and he has donated to both the Republican and Democratic parties. According to campaignmoney.com, Mulally contributed at least $6,500 in 2010 to two Democratic congressional campaigns: Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow and John Dingell, and in 2012, Mulally contributed to campaigns for House candidates Fred Upton, a Republican, and Dingell.
In interviews, Mulally has praised government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, even while using corporate language normally associated with conservative views. He has called himself a capitalist and a market-driven person.
Mulally served as Ford Motor’s president and CEO from September 2006 to July 2014. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s in management from MIT.