Rep. Steve King decides not to run for Senate
May 3rd, 2013
11:52 PM ET
12 months ago

Rep. Steve King decides not to run for Senate

(CNN) – Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa decided against running for the U.S. Senate, saying Friday he wants to focus on legislation in the House rather than spend time on the campaign trail. “We have in front of us in Congress a series of potent issues which will redirect the destiny of our state and nation,” he said in a statement.

“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?”

King was considered a potential candidate for the Republican nomination in the open Senate race in 2014. Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

GOP Rep. Tom Lathan was also considering a bid but announced in February he would not seek the seat.

Rep. Bruce Braley so far is the only announce candidate in the race, while Republicans have yet to field a candidate.

Read King’s full statement:

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.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    The GOP strategy is simple:

    Do everything you can to harm the economy, then blame it all on President Obama.
    Constantly push divisive social issues, then claim President Obama is dividing the country.
    Rattle swords to go to war with Iran, and if President Obama doesn't do it, claim he is weak. (Simultaneously accuse him of being a tyrant and a dictator.)

    Cheat and lie and manipulate and scheme in hopes of winning the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016.

    And if that (God forbid) should occur – finish off the United States once and for all, turning it into yet another third-world nation where the top 1% own and control everything, the only "homegrown" industry is making weapons of war and religious police keep the masses in line.

    May 4, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  2. Thomas

    “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?”

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    I'm sure you will do all you can to obstruct our nation from moving forward ,
    Just stay closed minded , you know not another way .And you would loose if you did run for senate .

    May 4, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Good for him–he knows GOP is dead.

    May 4, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He is a Akin,Mourdoch clone. That's why he punked out. November 6 on his mind.

    May 4, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  5. Jules

    Riiight – they have a series of potent issues that they have to obstruct.

    May 4, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. Larry L

    Translation: "I can't win the Senate seat." He can still obstruct all progress in America from his seat in the House. Interesting he thinks Obamacare is pork but the Farm Bill is not. It just depends on whose ox is getting gored...

    May 4, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Bill Zimmerman

    What he is really anticipating is NOT being re-elected for the do nothing Senate.

    May 4, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. AEJ

    Everyone, even him, this EXTREME RIGHT-WING IDIOT knew if he runs, this would have given the Democrats this seat. This is a no-brainer. I wonder if he has a brain?

    May 4, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    He wants to stay in congress and continue to do nothing!

    May 4, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |