Will Obama pick Bolden to lead NASA?

Ret. Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., is a candidate to head NASA, several media outlets have reported, but the Columbia native said Wednesday he hasn't talked to anyone from the Obama team about the position.

The former astronaut, who has been to space four times, heard of the idea from a friend who read a blog posting. NBC News and newspapers in Orlando and Houston carried the reports.

Members of the Obama transition team declined to comment.

"As far as I know, it's rumor," Bolden said. "I have not talked to anyone in the transition team nor any representative of the Obama administration. Personally, I think it's probably early for the transition team to even be thinking about NASA."

Based on his experience, Bolden said a new NASA administrator isn’t named until several months into an administration.

Asked if he would consider the position, "I never say never to anything."

This is the third time Bolden, 62, has been mentioned for one of the top two jobs at NASA.

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