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STEVE KING CONSIDERS RUNNING AGAINST TOM HARKIN!
From the Associated Press on June 3, 2005:
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said he’s working to build
statewide political organization that could lead to an eventual
challenge to Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin in 2008.
“I want to have as much influence for Iowa as I can
have at the national level, at the Iowa level,” said King.
“If that works out, certainly that’s something I’d be taking a
King said ‘I’m not logically and calculating to do that,’ he left
little doubt that he’s pondered the issue, and he said building a
statewide base could give him more clout with GOP presidential
candidates traveling to the state.
Potential candidates already have begun testing the
Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses. King said building a
statewide base puts him in position to nudge the field toward his
“I think social conservatives have had more
in the Republican Party for a long, long time, especially in this
state,” said King.
“I think it’s very important to have the kind of
and influence so that I can help presidential candidates who come into
this state in 2008 and help them all over the state,” said
King. “All of those things appear to be laying the groundwork
to run for Senate. If that’s what comes to pass later on, then that’s
what happens.” …
King, a Kiron Republican, is in his second term in
and has raised eyebrows by launching an aggressive travel schedule that
takes him all over the state, well beyond the limits of the western
Iowa 5th District that he represents. …
A sharp conservative, King would offer a sharp
Harkin, who casts himself as a populist and critics label him a
traditional liberal. Harkin has proven himself one of the toughest
campaigners in the state and he is now in his fourth six-year term in
He ousted a sitting Republican senator in 1984, and
soundly defeated three GOP congressmen who challenged him.