(CNN) – With just two words, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley publicly announced Thursday he's running for the Senate seat currently held by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.
"I'm in," the congressman posted on Twitter, linking to a Facebook page with the sprawling slogan: "Bruce for Iowa."
The page urged viewers to share the post with friends to "let them know you're ready for Bruce to be Iowa's next US Senator."
Braley, recently elected to his fourth term, represents Iowa's 1st Congressional District in Northeast Iowa. The 55-year-old has been rumored as a top contender for the Democratic nomination ever since the five term Harkin, a fellow Democrat, announced last month he would not run for re-election next year.
In an email sent separately to supporters, Braley said he was "ready to go."
"It's time to start a conversation with Iowans – about rebuilding the middle class, creating economic opportunity for everyone, and keeping America strong," he wrote. "I'm looking forward to the conversation and I'm looking forward to meeting with you."
Other Democratic names who come up as possible candidates include U.S. Agriculture Secretary and former Gov. Tom Vilsack and his wife Christine, who last year lost to GOP Rep. Steve King in a well-publicized House race.
On the Republican side, King, along with fellow Republican Rep. Tom Latham, are the two most likely Republicans who may announce bids. With Harkin retiring, the GOP sees the Iowa seat as a strong possible pickup in next year's midterm election. The other senator from Iowa, Chuck Grassley, is a Republican.
"With Harkin retiring, the GOP sees the Iowa seat as a strong possible pickup in next year's midterm election."
Unless, of course, Rep. Steve King is the GOP nominee. Then the seat becomes an easy win for the Democrats. And guess who is the favorite for the GOP nomination?
Well, at least he looks like a Democrat. Doesn't look like he's mad at the world, and he's not surrounded by a bunch of folks who do. I'd bet that he's unable to talk and smile at the same time, too.
The GOP could possibly take this seat, provided they don't send out another extremist.
Karl Rove, take notes.