This much is clear -- Eliot Spitzer loved politics, he loved being New York governor, he loved being New York attorney general.

So will he run for public office again?

Well here it gets a little bit like watching a tennis ball going back and forth over the net. REGULATION-SUMMIT/

Asked at the Reuters Global Financial Regulation Summit whether he was considering running for office again, Spitzer replied "No."

But had he ruled it out? The answer from the Democrat was not quite as precise.

"I'm not yet ready to throw in the towel," he said, joking (we think) that it's like the goal of winning Wimbledon.

"You never quite give up on anything and rule things off the map. And so have I said I'm never running for office again? No. Have I said am I thinking about it at this moment? No. Did I love politics? Yes. Did I grow up at the age of 2 saying it's the only thing I want to do with my life? No."