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.
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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.
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!
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!!!!!
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!
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.
It appears that "Death Panels" Grassley loves his government health care.
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.
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.
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.
In a previous post, it appears that Nevada governor forgot to mention that Nevada received $2.5 billion in government funds.
Nevada received $2.5 billion in government stimulus funds. Sandoval should have said, " Thanks President Obama."
While I respect your tenacity, service and the like. Its high time a newer gen takes over.
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.
The GOP has nothing to offer but hate and division. Anyone who votes for any Republican must really hate America.
Another bitter old white fossil.
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,
Sen. Chuck Grassley must miss GW Bush and all th party favors .
And Harry Reid-D-NV wants a 30th term.
People in hell want ice water too....but guess what.
This just shows that the GOP has nothing to offer ANYBODY,even their braindead GOP base!!!!
Time for him to go. Seventh term is just ludicrous.
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.