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.