Berlin (AP) - Finance Minister Olaf Scholz does not want to resign his government office, if he should be elected SPD chief. The idea, then to leave the federal government, he finds "absurd," said the Vice Chancellor on the ARD program "Anne Will". He acknowledged, however, that it would be "very difficult" in terms of time to join the party chairmanship with his ministerial office. Scholz said that he and the Brandenburg SPD politician Klara Geywitz were competing for the SPD chairmanship so that the party could achieve the strength it deserved and the country needed over the next few years.