But what about making a White House bid in 2012?
Ridge, a moderate Republican who was the nation's first homeland security chief, says he plans to work within the party so the GOP wins the presidency in 2012. "And we'll just leave it at that," he says.
Ridge says Republicans need to make some changes in their approach to be more successful.
Asked in a broadcast interview whether he might want to accomplish those changes by running for the White House, Ridge said: "You can interpret it any way you want to."
Ridge appeared on CNN's "State of the Union."