Gen. Colin Powell, a one-time U.S. secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, likes to dabble in his retirement. He enjoys working on old cars like the 1966 Volvo junker President Bill Clinton gave him and new cars like the 2005 silver Chevrolet Corvette coupe he now drives.

He likes to play with his grandkids and spend some time with a health care concern, a venture capital company and the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at his alma mater, the City College of New York. What he doesn't plan to do is dabble in elected politics.

He told AARP The Magazine that he would not ever run for president or vice president. The 69-year-old career military man said his heart was never in it. "I took a hard look at it in '95, never really expected that level of interest in me as a political figure, but the book, and my book tour, exploded that interest," he told the magazine. "And I realized that this was not something I truly wanted to do. I never woke up any morning saying, 'My God, I can't wait to get out on the campaign trail.'"

Gen. Powell's wife of nearly 45 years, Alma, was supportive but only because she trusted her husband not to run, he told the magazine. The decision came after the couple stopped listening to others who were trying to tell them what to do with their lives.

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