Grassley wants a seventh Senate term
September 21st, 2013
05:18 PM ET
10 months ago

Grassley wants a seventh Senate term

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The second-oldest member in the United States Senate says he wants another go-round come 2016.

"I'm planning on running for reelection," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in an interview with a local television program that will air Sunday morning.


The six-term Senate Republican told Iowa Public TV that while he's not devoting much time to laying the groundwork for another campaign, he does intend to seek a seventh term. First elected to Congress in 1974, Grassley said his history of public service speaks for itself and that he believes his Hawkeye State constituents will vote for his record, not against his age.

"I'm a firm believer, if you do a good job with what you're doing, people recognize it," Grassley said, "and the future takes care of itself."

Age hasn't blunted the 80-year old's critique of the Obama administration.

Asked what he thought of President Barack Obama's decision not to negotiate on the debt ceiling, Grassley said the president hasn't demonstrated he's willing to be a "real political leader" and work with the GOP. The lawmaker said Obama would sooner come to the bargaining table with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad than with congressional Republicans.

"Every day you hear him on television saying he wants to negotiate with Assad," Grassley said.

The program's moderator, Dean Berg, asked Grassley, "Did I hear you say that President Obama is more likely to talk to foreign dictators than he is Republicans?"

"The answer to that is yes," Grassley answered. "He's not even talking to Democrats in Capitol Hill."

Grassley would be 89 at the end of a seventh term.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is currently the oldest serving member in the Senate. The California Democrat is 87 days older than Grassley.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    But the GOP voters in his district are going to vote him out, right? Because everyone in Washington is corrupt and career politicians are the problem.

    So hey, let's vote Grassley out, NOW!

    September 21, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Give it up you old senile GOP dog, you can leave in 2014 with the rest of the GOP garbage of America in the NEW GOP train wreck!!!!!

    September 21, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Catmandew

    Senators you both did your service to our country long ago! Please go home and let others serve our country. 2 terms and out should be the law. And literally not 2 as a senator and 2 as a rep and 2 as president and 2 as Vice President and 2 as anything else!

    September 21, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Ron L

    80 years old is TOO OLD!!! No matter what party the politician is in....The job must be TOO EASY, I bet he or any of the rest of them would not want to keep working if they were on an assembly line or actually had to WORK, 49 out of 52 weeks.

    September 21, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    It appears that "Death Panels" Grassley loves his government health care.

    September 21, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Catmandew

    6 terms as a senator and he still doesn't know his job according to Obama the senator that never voted on anything as a senator! Just voted present.

    September 21, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston

    of course he does !! LOL 7th – then 8th – then 9th – LOL . . . once they get a "taste" of all the "benefits" for Life, and not to mention all the "perks" – I can't hardly blame them..... Mitch / then 'ole Cantor / then 'ole Hatch / & the list goes on !!! once they're IN, is all it takes, then they've got a pension for Life.

    September 21, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. king

    hell naaa. these obstructionist repubs need to go somewhere far away. these folks are determine to take our country backward. they shout about government spending doesn't do any good. yet they are sucking up 80 billion dollar a month over on wall street. that seems to send stock reaching for the stars. i wonder if a few of that money was being spend on our economy to fix our crumbling obsolete infrastructure, i wonder if we would be at least to the moon right now in economic growth. i guest we will never find out, because the repubs doesn't want the black president to be successful, so they will ponder to the gullible in our country to hold us back. why is the repubs blaming every business down turn on obamacare. what happens to the sequester which was predicted to devastate our economy. isn't that the real problem here, because repubs have taken away our spenders in our local economy money.

    September 21, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    In a previous post, it appears that Nevada governor forgot to mention that Nevada received $2.5 billion in government funds.

    September 21, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Nevada received $2.5 billion in government stimulus funds. Sandoval should have said, " Thanks President Obama."

    September 21, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Mike the Veteran

    While I respect your tenacity, service and the like. Its high time a newer gen takes over.

    September 21, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    "I'm a firm believer, if you do a good job with what you're doing, people recognize it," Grassley said, "and the future takes care of itself."

    You bet it does and that's exactly how most of us feel when we support the president. You see,
    We don't hold it against him that your kind won't work with him;
    We don't hold it against him that you side with Putin against your own American CIC;
    We don't hold it against him because you threaten to shut down the government unless you get your way; and
    We certainly don't hold it against him because he's not 100% white.
    It's for all these reasons, we continue to support him.

    September 21, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    The GOP has nothing to offer but hate and division. Anyone who votes for any Republican must really hate America.

    September 21, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    Another bitter old white fossil.

    September 21, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. Michael Benjamin

    Maybe by the seventh term he will have a chance to get it right? Personally he would do better going back to being a pig farmer,

    September 22, 2013 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  16. Thomas

    Sen. Chuck Grassley must miss GW Bush and all th party favors .

    September 22, 2013 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  17. Getoverit

    And Harry Reid-D-NV wants a 30th term.

    September 22, 2013 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  18. don in albuquerque

    People in hell want ice water too....but guess what.

    September 22, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  19. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    This just shows that the GOP has nothing to offer ANYBODY,even their braindead GOP base!!!!

    September 22, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. Bessy

    Time for him to go. Seventh term is just ludicrous.

    September 22, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. roro

    Go home Grassley. You need a long rest. TERM LIMITS need to be set. 2 three-year terms for the house, and 3 four-year terms for the senate.

    September 22, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |