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Democrat Brian Schweitzer vulgarly trash-talks both parties, might run for president

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-Mont.) is offering to be a different kind of politician if he runs for president in 2016 — and as revealed in a new profile of him by National Journal's Marin Cogan, Schweitzer is willing to speak without a filter.

Here's Schweitzer on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and her criticism of the NSA for allegedly spying on congressional staffers:

Schweitzer is incredulous that Feinstein — considered by her critics to be too close to the intelligence community — was now criticizing the agency. "She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees, and now she says, 'I'm a nun,' when it comes to this spying!" he says. Then, he adds, quickly, "I mean, maybe that's the wrong metaphor — but she was all in!"

Schweitzer on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), after his shocking defeat in the Republican primary for his House seat:

"Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added: "They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say — and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right — but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he's not, I think, so I don't know. Again, I couldn't care less. I'm accepting."

Read the entire profile at National Journal.