Oregon governor announces historic fourth term bid
December 9th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
9 months ago

Oregon governor announces historic fourth term bid

(CNN) – John Kitzhaber is bidding for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon governor.

Kitzhaber made it official on Monday, announcing that he'll run for re-election next year.


The Democratic governor was first elected in 1994 and re-elected four years later. After eight years out of office, Kitzhaber won election in 2010 to an historic third term as Oregon governor.

In announcing his candidacy, Kitzhaber acknowledged that the rocky rollout of Cover Oregon, the state's health care exchange, would be used against him in next year's campaign. But the governor said he's ready to deal with the criticism.

"I'm certainly willing to take a few slings and arrows for the rocky rollout," said Kitzhaber according to local media reports.

Kitzhaber won a narrow victory in 1994, followed by a landslide re-election in 1998. In 2010, he edged out Republican candidate Chris Dudley, a former pro-basketball star, to return to the governor's office.

Two Republicans, state representative Dennis Richardson and rancher Jon Justesen, have announced they'll run for governor next year.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    When you compare the rocky rollout in Oregon to the lack of any rollout in Florida, you wish the Oregon governor well. FL gov Scott on the other hand, has turned his back on 4.5 million uninsured Floridians, and refused the Medicaid expansion that hurts an addition 800,000 people.

    December 9, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    John Kitzhaber ROCKS! Yeah, the rollout has been rocky, but we'll get it fixed.

    BTW, it's pronounced "KITS=hobber".

    December 9, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Sheila

    wow – sounds like Oregon is a blue state – and going to stay that way – unlike Perry – Perry could run again – and still win – but he's got his eyes on bigger deals -

    December 9, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    ThinkAgain

    John Kitzhaber ROCKS! Yeah, the rollout has been rocky, but we'll get it fixed.

    BTW, it's pronounced "KITS=hobber".
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    Any relation to the Bagginses?

    December 9, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. just asking

    i wonder how many thousands of oregonians have had their health insurance cancelled because of obamacare?

    funny to listen to the lefties whine and complain about how many people could NOT be added to a failing medicaid system. people that have have it now can barely find anybody that takes it within 50 miles of them. the illusion of healthcare.

    December 9, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    i wonder how many thousands of oregonians have had their health insurance cancelled because of obamacare?

    funny to listen to the lefties whine and complain about how many people could NOT be added to a failing medicaid system. people that have have it now can barely find anybody that takes it within 50 miles of them. the illusion of healthcare.
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    What is even funnier is how the Right is shifting the discussion away from the website to issues like " ..a failing medicaid system": has there been any prior concern on their part for Medicaid, aside from wanting to end it? Every time the politics of a situation are no longer breaking their way, they change the subject, rather like a group of children attempting to justify their poor choices to their parents.

    December 9, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    i wonder how many thousands of oregonians have had their health insurance cancelled because of obamacare?
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    I wonder how many more thousands of people would get turned down for coverage without the Affordable Care Act?

    December 9, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |