King Continues to Mull Senate Bid

By Mike Wiser, Reporter

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011 file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks in Washington. King has little use for the Humane Society, particularly when it comes to laws designed to give calves, pregnant sows and hens a little more freedom on the farm. The organization�s political arm is devoting most of its campaign budget this year _ nearly $500,000 so far _ to its effort to see that King doesn�t return for a sixth term. King is running against Democrat Christie Vilsack in a district that has become less conservative due to redistricting. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa - U.S. Rep. Steve King said Monday that odds are better than even that he’ll jump into the Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.

“It’s probably a little over 50-50,” King said. “I never wanted to be the guy who looked back and said ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda.’”

King, 63, is the Kiron Republican whose name comes up among the top runners when talk turns to the GOP field for the seat Harkin, a Democrat, has held since 1985.

Speaking after a news conference at the State Historical Building, King said he’s working out “the calculus” of a run for the Senate.
That figuring will give Republicans a later start on the race, which will be at the top of the ticket in 2014.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley announced his candidacy for the seat weeks ago. Braley, a Waterloo lawyer, has pulled in endorsements from labor groups and others as he has toured the state.King said neither Braley’s early start nor a perception held by some that King may be too conservative to win a statewide spot worry him.

“We have a lot of Republicans that have been elected statewide, and as far as Bruce Braley is concerned, I served with him in the House for six years,” he said. “Neither one of those two scenarios to me, seem to be an insurmountable barrier at all.”

King said although the Senate race would be expensive, he has raised money outside of the state in the past.

“I know where to get started with that,” he said. “We have a nationwide platform, a nationwide fundraising network, and I think those are advantages to any Democrat opponent that might emerge.”

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