King defends election record against "Rove attacks"
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
Western Iowa Congressman Steve King doesn't want to hear the talk that he can't win a statewide election.
"Each time on the ballot they often said you can't do this and when I challenged a 24-year incumbent Republican to enter into the state senate 17 years ago that's when the powers that be came to me and said it is impossible you're on a fools mission," recalled King on WHO-TV's "The Insiders."
Popular in Western Iowa, some say King's controversial comments could hinder him on the other side of the state.
He said Iowans know where he stands. It's GOP power broker Karl Rove, he says, that's trying to bully him out of running.
"Any individual in America, especially outside of Iowa who wakes up some morning with a big fat checkbook and an account that's got other people's money in it and decides I'm going to make sure someone will not be a candidate for the United States senate in a different state, I think that's the principal we have to defend here," King explained.
King said he believes a long debate he and Rove had over immigration when George W. Bush was president may be the source of Rove's discouragement, but that he doesn't hold a grudge.
King added there will not be a primary between himself and fellow Republican Congressman Tom Lat ham, even though both have interest in running for the senate seat.
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