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Curt Schilling says he's running for Senate in 2018, setting up potential blockbuster race with Elizabeth Warren

Former star major-league pitcher and conservative firebrand Curt Schilling said Tuesday that he's made up his mind and will challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for her Senate seat in 2018.

"I've made my decision," he said, according to Ted Nesi of WPRI. "I'm going to run. But — but — I haven't talked to Shonda, my wife."

Schilling has flirted with a political run for years, having been floated as a potential candidate since his retirement after the conclusion of his big-league career in 2008. The pitcher has also expressed interest in running for president.

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Schilling, a supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, stirred controversy recently when he defended Trump after a recent video showed him apparently remarking that he'd be dating a young girl "in 10 years."

During an appearance on the Fox Business Network, host Trish Regan asked Schilling about the video.

"The conversation you're having about the things he said about the 10-year-old girl, to me, is at the very heart of why this is a problem," Schilling said, referring to the young girl in the video. "How many times — and I have three boys and a daughter — how many times have you looked at a young man and said, 'Wow, is he going to be, he's a beautiful young man. Wow, he's a gorgeous young man,' and that man was 12, 13, 14, 15?"

Schilling was fired by his previous employer, ESPN, where he served as an analyst, for sharing a Facebook post featuring a man dressed as a woman and commenting that "a man is a man no matter what they call themselves."

He shared the post to express his support for laws prohibiting transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their choice.

"I don't care what they are, who they sleep with, men's room was designed for the penis, women's not so much," the post continued. "Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic."

Schilling later slammed ESPN for employing "some of the biggest racists" on air.

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LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 27: Former Major League Baseball player Curt Schilling speaks with the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 27, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
MEDFIELD, MA - JULY 19: Curt Schilling, coach of the Drifters, a 16-and-under girls softball team, catches his daughter Gabby at Shonda Schilling Field in Medfield. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JULY 12: Curt Schilling and his and Randy Johnson's children before the Major League Baseball Century 21 Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park on July 12, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 02: Arizona Diamondbacks' pitcher Curt Schilling, accompanied by son Gehrig, speaks at news conference at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Ariz., a day before his team faces the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the World Series. The Yanks hold a series lead of 3-2. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
RANDOLPH, MA - JULY 7: Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling spends a moment with his son Garrison Schilling, left, while at Showcase Cinemas in Randolph. He was at a charity event to support his wife's Shonda's Shade Foundation. Shonda, a melanoma survivor launched the foundation with the mission of reducing future cases of skin cancer by educating children about sun safety. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
RANDOLPH, MA - JULY 7: Shonda Schilling hands out sunscreen as part of a of her Shade Foundation work. Shonda, a melanoma survivor launched the foundation with the mission of reducing future cases of skin cancer by educating children about sun-safety.She and her family were at Showcase Cinemas in Randolph. They were greeting kids before the start of the movie Charlotte's Web. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 18: Shonda Schilling gets a giant hug from her husband, Curt Schilling, after finishing the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon while one of her sons waits to congratulate her as well. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MAY 28: Before the game, the Red Sox honored the tenth anniversary of the 2004 World Series Championship team. Pitcher Curt Schilling, who is battling cancer acknowledges the cheers of the crowd as he walks in from left field. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Atlanta Braves in an interleague MLB game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
KISSIMMEE, FL - AUGUST 1: Mass Drifters Coach Curt Schilling, right, and his wife, Shonda, on the Mass Drifters bench at the USSA Girls Fastpitch World Series II. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 03: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling #38 sits with his wife, Shonda Schilling, while being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins during the game on August 3, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Former professional baseball player Curt Schilling (L) and wife Shonda Schilling attend 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Celebration at IAC Building on November 30, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/FilmMagic)
BOSTON - MARCH 30: Shonda and Curt Schilling sign copies of her book, 'The Best Kind of Different,' in Barnes & Noble, on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The book is about their son with Asperger's Syndrome. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 25: An emotional Red Sox starting pitcher Curt Schilling tips his cap to the crowd as he leaves the game in the sixth inning. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. (Photo by Robert Caplin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox, left, gives up the ball to manager Terry Francona after being pulled from pitching against the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. (Photo by Jon Mahoney/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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