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Steve Lopez: Is LA Mayor Garcetti serious about running for president?

LOS ANGELES_Is he or isn't he?

That's the question for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Is he running for president of the United States, as has been speculated for months, or not?

Hard to say, because Garcetti himself doesn't seem to be entirely clear on the matter. He claims he isn't focused on life after City Hall, despite trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, three early-voting states you do not fly to just to sample the ice cream.

"I'm not interested in my next job," Garcetti told me Friday by phone, speaking from Hanoi in Vietnam. He's on a 10-day Asian tour, drumming up business and tourism for Los Angeles.

But then

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