Knocking down rumors, the country star is "interested" in politics, but not for 2010, his rep tells PEOPLE


He’d be many a Democrat’s dream candidate, but Tim McGraw says talk of his running for governor of Tennessee in 2010 is, for now, pure fantasy.

“There’s no truth to this,” McGraw’s rep tells PEOPLE of the rumors – sparked by an item in The New Republic – that McGraw was considering a run for the gubernatorial seat. “It’s something he is interested in, but not for 2010. Later in life.”

In an interview with PEOPLE earlier this year, McGraw, a Democrat who supported Barack Obama in the presidential race, admitted that politics was in his blood and could be in his future.

“I grew up in Louisiana and politics is kind of a contact sport and you grow up knowing about it,” he told PEOPLE. “I’ve always been fascinated by what can be done in the public arena. And if the time comes where there’s something available and I think I can do some positive things, I’ll be glad to do it. I wouldn’t want to do it just to say I did it.”

But, he added with a laugh, “I think I gotta get a lot smarter between now and then!”