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Braley, King answer senate seat speculation


Eastern Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley says he is considering running for Tom Harkin's U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

Braley says he has heard from Iowans all over the state since Harkin's announcement and is overwhelmed with the encouragement to run, but still needs to weigh the decision with is family.

Braley is a 55-year-old Waterloo attorney who was first elected to represent northeast Iowa in 2006.

"'s a very important decision so I'm going to be taking my time and giving it thoughtful consideration and at some point, make a decision," he told KTIV's sister station KWWL.

Harkin told the Iowa Central Committee during their meeting on Saturday that it was time for him to step aside to allow a new crop of young democrats to get involved.

Penny Rosfjord attended that meeting.  Braley was the first name that came to her mind when asked who Harkin should be replaced with.

"He's young, he's energetic. I think he's be fabulous. But, obviously there's going to be people interest in this spot," she pointed out.

The decision has led to speculation about potential candidates across the state.

In Western Iowa, some are wondering if Congressman Steve King is interested in the job.  He released this statement to KTIV on Sunday:

"Senator Harkin's retirement comes as a surprise. I congratulate him on a long and successful career in Congress. Iowans now have a real opportunity to elect a true Constitutional conservative to help lead us out of our crisis of debt and deficit."

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