Pumped-up King ponders entry into high-profile Senate race
March 16th, 2013
03:57 PM ET
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Pumped-up King ponders entry into high-profile Senate race

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Steve King - who is mulling a run for the U.S. Senate - said Saturday he will leave this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference with renewed energy.

"I'm going to go out of this place like a rocket. This is such a dynamic place for conservatives to gather together," he said in an interview on CNN. "There's no better place to be in America right now."

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The conservative Iowa Republican said in the interview that he will continue examining his prospects for filling the seat held since 1984 by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who announced he will not seek a sixth term.

"We will build a campaign on paper, take a look at that and make a decision yes or no," he said. "I don't have a timing set on that, but it won't be a few days - it'll be longer than that."

In a conversation with CNN off camera, he elaborated on his plans, saying he would conduct polling over the next few weeks to see where he would stand before making the final decision.

If he does enter the race, he would be seen by many as the GOP front-runner – making his decision highly anticipated in political circles.

The race is shaping up as a potential major 2014 showdown. The Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up between the two sides, while the Rothenberg Political Report rates the race as leaning in the Democrats’ favor.

On the Republican side, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and state Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey have both said they are considering bids. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has urged several potential candidates to mull a run, including Reynolds and U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, who has said he will instead seek re-election to his House seat.

Democratic congressman Bruce Braley announced in February his plans to run. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he will not run but his wife, Christine, has been suggested as a Democratic candidate.

The next senator would serve alongside Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, whose sixth term ends in 2016.

King rebuked any efforts by GOP figures to chart a renewed path forward for the party if such plans meant Republicans would "abandon our principles."

"There's a struggle going on within the party between some people that want to redefine or rebrand the Republican Party and those of us who stand on our first principles and our core principles," he said in the interview.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: CPAC • Iowa • Steve King
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Name

    I looik

    March 16, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. HenryB

    King, run please, please run. Please, please, please. I admire you and you great work on behalf of Republicanism. Loser

    March 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. DJH

    All the while wishing that they could still meet in Nurnberg, like they used to.

    March 16, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Let's play "How Many GOP Members of Congress Can We Replace with Democrats" in the next election!

    March 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. becky

    Many places int he United States are better places to be. It would seem that any place where we all can have a give and take about ideas would be more interesting. Wouldn't want to be somewhere with people who have cookie cutter ideas..

    March 16, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Jack

    Lots of luck with that.

    March 16, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    this is the same guy who back in 2008 claimed if Obama won the Muslims would be dancing in the streets. Well quite a few people were dancing in the streets in 2008 and 2012 and I'm sure some were Muslims but not the way King would want to view it.

    March 16, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  8. Quixote

    Kind of like getting really excited because you got to ride the extra special short bus with all the other super special kids today.

    March 17, 2013 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  9. Really?

    Repubicans don't want 'the government' to be 'too large', 'take away peoples freedoms', 'take away their guns'...etc. etc. They don't want the government to invade into the private lives of every American citizen....BUT! They would much rather have the NRA force citizens into mantatory gun ownership, tell women what rape is or isn'tsomething that God ultimately wanted for them... and that they still should pay 10K to have a child with no medicare because private HMO's are better...even though they would probably drop her because 'it was a pre-existing condition'! And...they will tell you that you must have 'God' in schools, their God, no one elses, they will sensor TV shows, rock music and video games because that is the cause of the violence in America. But I defy you to show me 1 gun weilding, republican redneck that wouldn't be 'pissed' if you took away his (or hers) Rambo'esque movies, Call of Duty 4, Halo or Duck Dynasty on the boob tube, because that's what La Pierre says is the problem...not guns! And that would be government invasion into everyone's lives...better round up the militia! Plus...they would have you believe that taxing the rich 'kills' jobs. Let's face it...out sourcing employees in Asia is the same as hiring illegal immigrants. Just not on American soil! And then moving all the profits to offshore accounts so they don't have to pay taxes! That's a free market system! It's the Republican way!
    I could go on and on...but what's the point? As long as a democraticly elected 'black man' is the POTUS....Republicans will NEVER have any common sense! and they will scare their constituents into believing their BS. One last thought...they call the POTUS an elitist...but how many Rep politicians are millionaires, work for millionaires and went to Harvard, Yale etc. etc. On daddy's republican (and essentially the American taxpayers) dime?
    Sadly, there are too many people who are blinded by these rich snake-oil salesman, who prey on their fears. Remember the 'Carpet Baggers'?
    America...time to wake up!

    March 17, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  10. Thomas

    Must be sad to be a Republican . I was hopping Kidd Rock , Ted Nugent and Meat Loaf would sing along with Mitt one last time.

    March 17, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  11. Kevin

    I'm hoping Sarah Scott decides to run for US Senate. It would be refreshing to have someone like her in D.C. No one mentioned in the above article can adequately represent Iowa.

    March 17, 2013 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  12. king

    another obstructionist to push our nation back into the 70s and 60s, while other nations go into the 21st century modernizing their country. stop giving wallstreet money from mainstreet to boost china economy and their military. because who is going to invest in america and her broken down infrastructure and leave china and her 5 times more spenders, and modernized country. weve got to stop the repubs folks from distroying our country. and get them to compromise on our budget and growing our country.

    March 17, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |