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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Bloggers Wonder About Harkin Retirement

A weekend story in the New York Daily News has led some Iowa bloggers to wonder about U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's political future.

Over the weekend, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., outed Harkin as the only one of 12 Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2008 not yet confirmed to run again.

See blogger reaction to the weekend article:

Political Forecast: Is Harkin going to retire?
Maybe Sen. Tom Harkin is just taking his sweet time in confirming to DSCC Chair Chuck Schumer that he is indeed going to run for another term, but the fact that he is the only Democrat of 12 incumbent Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2008 who hasn't confirmed they're running again, this has me a bit concerned: ... If you look at his career numbers for fundraising, particularly with respect to the cycle right before his re-election period, he's on par with the past amount raised and amount spent. I guess the real time to judge whether or not he's running again will to gauge just how serious his fundraising efforts are over the next six months.

Iowa Progress: Will Harkin retire?
... Harkin is one of the best senators and Democrats we've got, and I for one, would be sorry to see him go. Fortunately, I don't think we'll have to say goodbye just yet. Sure, he's getting older, but he'll still be younger than many in the Senate, and even younger than at least one presidential candidate (John "I'm older than dirt" McCain). I saw Harkin twice this past year: once at the Harkin Steak Fry and once in a livingroom in Grinnell as he stumped for now-victorious Eric Palmer; both times he seemed sharp as a blade and perhaps more importantly, like he was really enjoying himself.

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