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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:59 am

[link]AP,http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ ... story.html[/link]





AP NewsBreak: Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin says he will not seek 6th Senate term





CUMMING, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin will not seek re-election in 2014, the Iowa Democrat said Saturday.





The 73-year-old Harkin told The Associated Press in an interview, “It’s just time to step aside,” noting that by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.





Harkin said the move also would allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.





The announcement comes as a surprise, considering he had $2.7 million in his campaign war chest and was planning a gala fundraiser in Washington, D.C., next month.





Harkin is a leading liberal in the Senate, chairing the health, education, labor and pensions committee and having served as a key salesman of President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care bill to the wary left.





No Iowa Republicans have taken formal steps toward seeking the seat.
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Post by esseff44 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:14 pm

He's going to be missed by the moderates and progressives. He was the most responsive member of Congress when it came to international development and sustainable development funding in support of agriculture, health and education for the poorest areas of the world.

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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:57 pm

Yeah, really bad news :(
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Post by Joseph Robidoux III » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:18 pm

Very disappointing news.While many may remember Sen Harkin for his efforts in helping some of the poorest places in the world, the Americans with Disabilities Act will always be what I recall first about Harkin's years in the Senate.Senator, you've earned your retirement but you will be dearly missed.

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