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Congressman Steve King will NOT run for the U.S. Senate in 2014
Steve King | May 3, 2013

Posted on 05/03/2013 8:29:36 PM PDT by EternalVigilance

My congressman, Steve King, announced to supporters tonight via email that he will not be seeking the Iowa U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Harkin in 2014.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; ia2014; iowa; senate; steveking; tomharkin; vanity

1 posted on 05/03/2013 8:29:36 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

Good. Bad. Indifferent.

What?


2 posted on 05/03/2013 8:30:51 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: eddie willers

Well, as congressmen go, Steve is one of the most conservative in the House. The nomination was his for the taking. Everybody was waiting on his decision. Now it’s going to be a free for all.


3 posted on 05/03/2013 8:34:15 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Running for president?


4 posted on 05/03/2013 8:36:01 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: EternalVigilance

This is kind of disappointing.


5 posted on 05/03/2013 8:37:26 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: Linda Frances

That means the other guy can take it. Let’s hope we don’t screw this one up but u never know.


6 posted on 05/03/2013 8:38:01 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Linda Frances

That means the other guy can take it. Let’s hope we don’t screw this one up but u never know.


7 posted on 05/03/2013 8:38:16 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: EternalVigilance

Darn. He’s a great Congressman. Hope he’s planning to at least stay in Congress.


8 posted on 05/03/2013 8:38:50 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Jane Long

Appears so. I saw him on Saturday and every indication is that he will be continuing his work in the House.


9 posted on 05/03/2013 8:44:32 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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To: Linda Frances

Steve tweeted this earlier:

“I will not run for Senate in 2014. A Senate race takes me out of urgent battles in Congress that can’t wait until 2015. Many thanks to all.”


10 posted on 05/03/2013 8:50:58 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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To: eddie willers

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/steve-king-rules-out-iowa-senate-run-90912.html


11 posted on 05/03/2013 8:51:45 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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To: Linda Frances
Running for president?

I believe you've hit the nail on the proverbial head. :)

12 posted on 05/03/2013 8:57:40 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Linda Frances
Running for president?

I would put the chances of that at slim to none. Educated guess.

13 posted on 05/03/2013 8:59:46 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Life, liberty, property, family, RKBA, sovereignty, security, borders, independence, the oath.)
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To: Linda Frances

Congressman King’s full announcement is below:

Dear Friends,

I want to thank all of my friends, family, advisors and supporters who have put so much time, thought, prayer, and effort into helping me make a decision on whether to run for the United States Senate. I sincerely thank every potential candidate, all of whom graciously gave me room to decide. Probably no one in America, considering such an opportunity, enjoys as clear a path to the nomination. It is an extraordinary opportunity that will not be repeated in millions of lifetimes.

I have said from the beginning this decision requires “the head, the gut, and the heart” to line up together. I have done due diligence and evaluated the race from a statewide, objective perspective. I have talked with hundreds of supporters…and some detractors. I sincerely thank all of you who have helped in so many ways.

My analytical part, the head, tells me the race is winnable and must be won in 2014 or a generational opportunity could be lost. I have said a race for the Senate is “a slight up hill battle”. It is, but it’s “no hill for a climber”.

The question I am answering today is, “What is my duty?” I believe my duty is to utilize the honor of serving Iowans in Congress by maximizing my effectiveness. I owe it to all Iowans and Americans to give you my best effort and best judgment.

We have in front of us in Congress a series of potent issues which will redirect the destiny of our state and nation. Among them are a farm bill, ObamaCare, debt and deficit, immigration, and tax reform. If I step away from these responsibilities while campaigning in an effort to multiply leverage in the Senate, what becomes of our nation in the mean time?

This week, I made a simple device to put toothpaste back in the tube. But a device to put the Leftist genie back in the bottle is not so simple. The best tool we have now is the majority in the U.S. House which functions mostly to keep the Leftist genie in the bottle. I cannot, in good conscience, turn my back on the destiny decisions of Congress today in order to direct all my efforts to a Senate race for next year, while hoping to gain the leverage to put the genie back in the bottle in 2015.

The most timely and conclusive piece of advice I received crystallized my decision. A friend, whose 77th birthday is today, said to me, “I will support you whatever you decide to do. If you decide to run, don’t be a reluctant candidate.” If I said, “Yes” to a Senate race, I would be a reluctant candidate because of the reasons I’ve written above.

Accordingly, I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2014. It is my intention to turn my efforts and energy with great vigor to the issues at hand. I anticipate being on the ballot for reelection to the U.S. House, Fourth District of Iowa. It is a challenging and rewarding job that I enjoy. My sincerest thanks to all involved.

Respectfully,

Steve King Member of Congress, Iowa


14 posted on 05/03/2013 9:21:57 PM PDT by deport
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To: EternalVigilance

Dagnabit! He’d have made a GREAT senator!!


15 posted on 05/03/2013 9:33:36 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Get in touch with your galtitude!)
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To: EternalVigilance

He must have gotten a call from Karl Rove.


16 posted on 05/03/2013 9:47:33 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: EternalVigilance

unfortunately, it sounds like a win for Rove and his “conservative victory project”. I’m sure they did a lot behind the scenes. Hope we don’t end up seeing more establishment guys in 2014 in prepartion for Jeb in 2016.


17 posted on 05/03/2013 9:48:43 PM PDT by jeltz25
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To: eddie willers; HeartlandOfAmerica; deport; OddLane; Jane Long
I'm disappointed to hear this, but my husband and I will continue to donate to his campaign, assuming he runs again for his House seat. We have met Rep. King several times over the past few years (sometimes at CPAC, other times at big Tea Party rallies in DC).

Steve King has always been "in the trenches" with true conservatives every step of the way. He appeared at several Tea Party rallies in DC in recent years, and was especially passionate during the huge anti-ObamaCare rally in 2010. He didn't just speak up on a podium, he mingled with all of us - for several hours - and wanted to hear first-hand what the people had to say.

Rep. Steve King is a good, decent, energetic man who loves his country, however, I highly doubt he'll run for president... I expect him to continue his work in the House.

18 posted on 05/03/2013 10:01:32 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
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To: EternalVigilance

This is probably fine... The Senate almost invariably turns erstwhile Conservatives into liberal pod people. Since they don’t have to run until every six years, they tend to get fat and more susceptible to corruption than those on a shorter leash (those that have to run every two years). I hope Ted Cruz proves to be an exception, but he will certainly have to withstand a bunch of crap from the Media and pod people Republicans (e.g., McCain, Lindsey, etc).


19 posted on 05/03/2013 10:11:03 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: El Cid

He won’t have to withstand Linseed Graham much longer, God willing.


20 posted on 05/03/2013 10:26:31 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: EternalVigilance

I’d agree. People in the House do not usually run for president. Do they?


21 posted on 05/03/2013 10:28:45 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Linda Frances

If Obama allows it.


22 posted on 05/03/2013 10:30:57 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: nutmeg
I hope so.

With Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo gone, he's the last Comanche.

23 posted on 05/03/2013 10:36:41 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: jeltz25
Ugh.

Pass the barf bag.

No More Bushes!

24 posted on 05/03/2013 10:38:23 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: Viennacon
Not successfully.
25 posted on 05/03/2013 10:41:37 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks EternalVigilance. Pwned?


26 posted on 05/03/2013 10:46:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: OddLane

Yeah. You really need to be at least a senator, the best option being a governor. Good governors are hard to find nowadays though. Look how that snake, McDonnell, turned out.


27 posted on 05/03/2013 10:48:54 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: EternalVigilance

None of the names mentioned are remotely conservative. Everyone of these 2nd tier candidates would vote for:

Increasing the debt.
Continued taxpayer funded abortion.
Amnesty.
Gun regulations.
Keeping the Federal Reserve.
International Treaties greater than the Constitution.
Wars without end.
Ad nausium, etc, etc.

King would have been the most conservative choice. Now, Bruce Braley who is more liberal than Pelosi or Reid will win.

And we will have an ugly bitter and divisive primary to waste money on while building up campaigns that will fracture a generation with their infighting.

Oh, and we will not carry the 1st or 2nd districts either.

That is what this announcement really means.


28 posted on 05/04/2013 1:17:21 AM PDT by Waywardson (I did not vote for that pro-abortionist candidate!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; yongin; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; randita; DIRTYSECRET; Jane Long

King, who surprised me by and in his own words embarrassed himself for taking so long to decide, has bowed out and is staying in House.

Frankly I thought he’d have trouble in the general election.

But we now lack any candidate that I know of. Several people bowed out, deferring to King. I hope some reconsider.


29 posted on 05/04/2013 10:35:45 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; yongin; Perdogg; BillyBoy; randita; DIRTYSECRET; Jane Long

Among those who ruled out a Senate run early on, when everyone assumed that King would run (and be unbeatable in a GOP primary), was Congressman Tom Latham, who would be our strongest general-election candidate. It would be ideal if King publicly called on Latham to reconsider (prior to a half dozen conservatives entering the race) and, if Latham ran, to endorse him in the primary.


30 posted on 05/05/2013 6:43:33 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; yongin; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican; randita; DIRTYSECRET; Jane Long
I'm surprised and sorry to hear he's not running. Steve King is one of the most outspoken conservatives we have in the House and the real deal, unlike faux conservative Peter King of NY, who he unfortunately gets confused with (Peter's sure managed to fool legions of gullible freepers for years though)

Iowa is very much a 50-50 swing state and for some odd reason the RATs have won a lot of the important races there in recent memory (though Iowa finally has a GOP governor). Even though he would have had a target on his back for the general election, I wish Steve King had run.

I hope some of the Republicans who bowed out because King was expected to run will reconsider.

31 posted on 05/05/2013 1:03:28 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; yongin; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican; randita; DIRTYSECRET; Jane Long

I’ve said before that one impediment that both Latham and King face is that of age. Latham will be 66 in 2014, King will be 65. Giving up 12 years of seniority (King) or 20 years (Latham) for an uncertain run for the Senate when it isn’t certain that they’ll end up in the majority is yet another impediment.

I think putting some pressure on the young Secretary of State, Matt Schultz, is a good idea. Since he’s already won statewide, that would give him a better shot at the Senate. Running some second-tier nobody for the seat is inexcusable.


32 posted on 05/05/2013 1:41:23 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; yongin; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican; randita; DIRTYSECRET; Jane Long

Good point, Secretary of State Matt Schultz might be a better pick for a statewide U.S. Senate race than a long time Congressman. Schultz is 33 and defeated an incumbent RAT statewide to win that office. Hopefully he’s a reliable conservative.


33 posted on 05/05/2013 2:18:39 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: El Cid; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; yongin; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican; randita; DIRTYSECRET; Jane Long
>> The Senate almost invariably turns erstwhile Conservatives into liberal pod people. Since they don’t have to run until every six years, they tend to get fat and more susceptible to corruption than those on a shorter leash (those that have to run every two years). I hope Ted Cruz proves to be an exception, but he will certainly have to withstand a bunch of crap from the Media and pod people Republican <<

Part of it might be the six year term lets them do whatever they want without facing repercussions from voters, and there are certainly examples of people in the Senate (as well as the House) who get Potomac fever and "evolve" after many years in office (Tom Coburn, etc.) However, I think a big part of the problem is a lot of these "tea party" Senate candidates just weren't very conservative in the first place and the tea party simply backed the wrong horse in the primary. We can't afford anymore Rob Portmans.

34 posted on 05/05/2013 2:27:51 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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