Berlusconi: voters will say if they're tired of me

Associated Press
Former Italian Premier and People of Freedom party Leader Silvio Berlusconi attends the recording of RAI (Italian State Television) TV talk show "Porta a Porta"(Door to Door) hosted by journalist Bruno Vespa, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Three times premier, Berlusconi insists Italy needs him and says voters soon will indicate if they are tired of him. The media mogul has flip-flopped in recent days on whether he'll run for the premiership in elections expected for February. Berlusconi resigned as premier in 2011 as Italy's debt crisis worsened, making way for economist Mario Monti to take the helm. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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ROME (AP) — He's been Italy's premier three times. He's a powerful media mogul. And he's considered one of his country's most skilled political campaigners.

But when Silvio Berlusconi appeared on a state TV talk show Tuesday, the question was this: Aren't Italians too tired of you to elect you again?

"Italians will show with their vote " in an election expected in February, he replied.

Berlusconi resigned as premier in 2011 as Italy's debt crisis worsened, making way for economist Mario Monti to take the helm as an appointee.

Opinion polls show support sagging for Berlusconi, but Monti won't say whether he'll run in the election.

So for Italians the political speculation is now a daily occurrence.

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