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Harkin and Grassley Forever?
|Last Edited||RP Apr 09, 2007 02:57pm|
|News Date||Monday, April 9, 2007 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||It looks like Democratic Senator Tom Harkin will get a pass from Republicans when he runs for re-election in 2008. No big-name Republican challengers have emerged, just some unknowns. |
Evidence for that came this weekend when Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley couldn’t name anyone who is thinking of taking on his Democratic colleague. (Grassley was interviewed on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program.)
I asked Grassley who would take on Harkin for the Republicans and he said “I don’t have a name to throw out now, but there is a lot of people that are asking questions about running against him and there’s a lot of recruiting going on as well. And I think you could have a situation like you had maybe in 19…well, whatever year it was when we had somebody come out in February of the election year and it was the toughest challenge that Senator Harkin has ever had.”
“Have Iowans reached a point where we really like the two of you - the combination of the two of you in the United States Senate, a senior Republican and a senior Democrat, and the two parties really aren’t interested anymore in wasting time trying to knock off the opponent?”
Said Grassley: “Well, there’s some truth, based upon people that tell me, you know, I think we’ve got two of you doing a good job and we ought to leave you there. There is some of that thought.”