While he did not absolutely rule out a run for the permanent job, Rae took pains Tuesday in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press to quell tensions that have arisen within the party over his long-term aspirations.
Rae noted that the party's national executive appointed him as interim leader last May on condition that he promise not to run for the permanent job.
"The party has made its rules clear and I said at the beginning that I accepted those," he said.
"And I don't want there to be a kind of a continuing (issue) or any sense of ambiguity about that. It seems to me that's been pretty clear."
However, a new Liberal executive is to be elected next month and could choose to change the rules to allow Rae