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Iowa's Sen. Harkin [D] to retire: Won't seek re-election
KWWL.com ^ | 1-26-2013 | Dan Schillinger

Posted on 01/26/2013 8:46:09 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj

Edited on 01/26/2013 9:22:59 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

CUMMING (AP) - Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said he will not seek re-election in 2014.

The 73-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside."

By the time Harkin would finish a sixth term, he would be 81 years old.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 113th; demagogicparty; harkin; ia2014; iowa; reelection; retire; retirement; tomharkin
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A great pick-up opportunity for us with the right candidate. Harkin has been in Congress continuously since 1974, elected as a "Watergate Baby."
1 posted on 01/26/2013 8:46:16 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Dungheap Harkin...that POS?


2 posted on 01/26/2013 8:49:48 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

and don’t let the door hit you in the backside on the way out, comrade.


3 posted on 01/26/2013 8:52:33 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Excellent news. One of the more obtuse and ignorant men ever to disgrace the Senate.
4 posted on 01/26/2013 8:53:25 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mouton

I go for both: Harken to swiftly and hastily exit thru the door, AND a just as SWIFT HEAVY WHACK of the that door on his backside.


5 posted on 01/26/2013 8:56:03 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Right age to retire and I suspect he wants to vote for the Gun Control Bill when it comes up. Dems who have to stand again in 2014 do not want to jeopardize their reelection chances by voting for a Bill that they do want to see proceed.
6 posted on 01/26/2013 8:57:49 AM PST by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good. I can’t stand that smug prick.


7 posted on 01/26/2013 8:58:28 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (You are not now, and will never be my President, Mr. Obama.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
August 18, 2004

TOM HARKIN, FAKE WAR HERO

http://www.instapundit.com/archives/017246.php

It is short and has some details about lies bout being a pilot.

8 posted on 01/26/2013 8:58:57 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Perdogg; Clemenza; Clintonfatigued; randita; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; ...

*Harkin to retire ping*


9 posted on 01/26/2013 9:00:13 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Harkin Lied About Vietnam War RecordHarkin - little more than a feckin' wannabee.
10 posted on 01/26/2013 9:03:25 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

He is one of the biggest disgraces and dumbest men to ever serve in the Senate.


11 posted on 01/26/2013 9:06:29 AM PST by elhombrelibre
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy; randita; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; darkangel82; BillyBoy; ...

I expect the GOP establishment may try to persuade Gov. Branstad to run (which means he won’t run for another term as Governor), but he will be 68 and should’ve run against Harkin back in 1990 after he finished his first two terms as Governor. Conservatives will want Congressman Steve King, fresh off a difficult reelection.

Dem side could be a bloodbath, with perhaps both Dem Congressmembers, ex-Govs. Vilsack and Culver all getting in, though I expect there will be pressure to unify behind a single candidate (if I had to guess, probably Vilsack). Still, this should be an excellent pick-up opportunity for us in what should be a good GOP year in 2014.


12 posted on 01/26/2013 9:07:33 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
"...Harkin said it would also allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office."

Higher office? This idiot along with the rest of his commie comrades truly think that being elected elevates or exalts them into positions of autocracy. They don’t get that being elected into public service degrades you into a servant for the people. It is not a higher office but a position of humble servitude, honor and respect for the office they represent and the PEOPLE who own that office!
13 posted on 01/26/2013 9:09:12 AM PST by Bellagio
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Please take Little Dick Durbin with you.


14 posted on 01/26/2013 9:09:55 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Sounds good, but Iowa Republicans have no bench.

Beyond Branstad, there’s Steve King and Tom Latham and a big list of wannabes.

I’d pick Matt Shutlz, but he’s probably too young and too ‘divisive’.

With Paultards running the state party while ordinary R voters are ‘moderate’, I expect a disaster and another lib Democrat senator.


15 posted on 01/26/2013 9:17:56 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Well, that’s a good morale booster. Thanks!

NOT!


16 posted on 01/26/2013 9:23:42 AM PST by Waywardson (I did not vote for that pro-abortionist candidate!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Like the “men” who snuck into the lifeboats as the Titanic sank, these clowns are bailing before the shit hits the fan.

My Titanic reference breaks down when we understand that, unlike the cowards aboard Titanic, our current cowards steered our sinking ship of state straight into the iceberg at full speed, laughing all the way.

And, in a classic example that no bad deed goes unrewarded, instead of arriving back on land excoriated by others for their shameful behavior, these clowns now shuffle off to a cushy taxpayer funded retirement! THAT is something we really must fix by returning “service” to public service and rotating these clowns every few years with TERM LIMITS and seiously reduced retirement benes.


17 posted on 01/26/2013 9:26:38 AM PST by Dick Bachert (An ARMED society is a POLITE society!)
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To: PghBaldy
Interesting, though I take issue with this line....

"...The blogosphere has clearly shown the world that there are a whole host of stories that old media doesn't cover out of sheer "laziness"

LOL! Pure bullsh t. It's not laziness...they are enablers, partners in crime...their job is to deflect/re-focus attention away from their corrupt comrades and instead dump on their ideological opposites.

Patton(movie): "You and Ike don't have to get involved, you're so damn soft about it. You leave it to me. In ten days I'll have us a war with those sons-a-bitches and I'll make it look like their fault."

...mix in some Saul Alinsky tactics and you control the narrative to an(extremely)gullible public.

Conservatives better figure out a way to combat this strategy(aside from politics/spineless GOP politicians)...or game over.

18 posted on 01/26/2013 9:34:19 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

You are right about that.


19 posted on 01/26/2013 9:40:26 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Steven King for US Senate?


20 posted on 01/26/2013 9:41:07 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Best news today!


21 posted on 01/26/2013 9:42:01 AM PST by Exit148
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To: originalbuckeye
Right age to retire and I suspect he wants to vote for the Gun Control Bill when it comes up.

That's the first thing that I thought, too. It looks like he already has an "F" rating from the NRA, though. He probably would have voted for the gun control bill anyway.

22 posted on 01/26/2013 10:03:34 AM PST by Washi (PUSH BACK! Encourage your legislators to introduce pro-second amendment legislation.)
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23 posted on 01/26/2013 10:07:35 AM PST by RedMDer (HEY LIBS! GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW. I DARE YA!)
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To: Exit148
Iowa has long been the most politically bi-polar state...they've been sending Harkin and Grassley back to the senate for decades...

This is totally different from the Chambliss announcement. Saxby was gonna get primaried, and could well have lost. Harkin would win, but it'd be a tough campaign, and since the Dems are gonna lose the senate in 2014, why bust your back to win a seat in the MINORITY

24 posted on 01/26/2013 10:17:31 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hot damn....about time

arrogant POS


25 posted on 01/26/2013 10:20:29 AM PST by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“A great pick-up opportunity for us with the right candidate.”

That is what we said about Missouri, North Dakota, and Montana last year, all red states won easily by Romney.


26 posted on 01/26/2013 10:44:27 AM PST by staytrue
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To: originalbuckeye

Good observation.


27 posted on 01/26/2013 10:44:52 AM PST by eddie willers
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To: staytrue
North Dakota, and Montana last year

OK, how do we keep the voters from voting third party, throwing the seat to the Dems.

That is the question.

28 posted on 01/26/2013 10:47:49 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

According to the latest figures I could find — for 2011 — 75 members of the Senate in that year had American Conservative Union lifetime ratings lower than 90 percent.

Since the Senate hasn’t changed much in the past two years, Conservatives will have an opportunity to pick up 75 more seats in the Senate over the next three election cycles. During that time, many old Democratic and RINO geezers will be calling it a day for one reason or another.

If the Conservative cause is alive and well, many young Conservatives will be enlisting to fight the enemy by becoming candidates for the U.S. Senate in the next few years. Conservative organizations should be aggressively recruiting such candidates, since the RNC is in the grip of moderates, then training them in how to conduct winning campaigns.


29 posted on 01/26/2013 10:50:15 AM PST by Bluestocking
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Old Dung Heap is headed for the dung heap at last.
30 posted on 01/26/2013 10:59:03 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good news, now I will look for the announcement of his last day on Earth.


31 posted on 01/26/2013 11:06:09 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: staytrue

Yes, and whichever Republican runs had better erase the word “rape” from his vocabulary.


32 posted on 01/26/2013 11:29:08 AM PST by soycd
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Daniel Ortega is saddened by the news.

Good riddance to Harkin—an old Commie traitor from way, way back.


33 posted on 01/26/2013 11:44:13 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: soycd

Great point. Also, if a reporter asks you about the age of the Earth answer: “That question would be best directed to Dr. XXXX, head of the Geology Department of the nearest university”. If they ask again or ask a variation of this question, same answer.


34 posted on 01/26/2013 12:05:36 PM PST by wrcase
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To: wrcase

Man, wish my dad, a long time Iowa conservative was still alive to hear this news.


35 posted on 01/26/2013 12:24:51 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The only thing I know him from is Howard Dean’s famous gaffe. “Not only are we going to New Hampshire, Tom Harkin...”


36 posted on 01/26/2013 12:44:58 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good firetrucking riddance.


37 posted on 01/26/2013 12:51:15 PM PST by OKSooner ("The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen." - Revelation 22:21)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Harkin is a major worthless piece of shit. Good riddance.
38 posted on 01/26/2013 1:57:05 PM PST by saneright
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Iowa wouldn’t vote him out.
Praises for his retirement and may it be short.


39 posted on 01/26/2013 2:25:16 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good. He was a liar anyway, saying he flew around Vietnam, I believe...then exposed as a liar.

Most Democrats get away with lying, (see: Bill Clinton) or sodomizing their staff (see: Gerry Studds), or even killing someone (see: Ted Kennedy).

Such behavior is celebrated by the perverted left.


40 posted on 01/26/2013 2:34:33 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: fieldmarshaldj
A great pick-up opportunity for us with the right candidate.

Yes!!! Since Missouri does not have a Senate race this time, my Tea Party group is eager to get involved in this race and help "the right candidate".

IF ANYONE HAS ANY IOWA TEA PARTY CONTACTS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

41 posted on 01/26/2013 2:48:44 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Excellent, he’s so irritating.


42 posted on 01/26/2013 2:59:19 PM PST by unique3
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Why do I have the feeling that obama has hand picked the replacement during the past four years?


43 posted on 01/26/2013 2:59:37 PM PST by sarasota
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To: LibsRJerks
Now, the task for Iowa Republicans is to choose wisely who to run. This is no place for emotion. If I could appoint someone, I would appoint Steve King but I can't appoint someone and I fear SK may not be our strongest candidate as the eastern side of the state is more liberal than the western side.

We don't want to lose him in the House, although his seat should be a safe Republican seat.

I truly only care about which one of these would be our toughest candidate to defeat the Democrat. Latham might be that person. He's proven to be a consistent winner, even in a district that is not as conservative as SK's district.

44 posted on 01/26/2013 3:16:20 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy; randita; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; MitchellC; ...

Probably our strongest general-election candidate would be Congressman Tom Latham of IA-03. Latham got screwed over in redistricting in both 2000 and 2010, each forcing him to run in a district that was almost entirely new to him and less Republican than the previous one, yet was able to win rather comfortably each time. Over his 15 years or so in the House, he has represented nearly half the state, and his current district is based in Des Moines (the state’s largest city) and was carried by Obama 51.24%-46.97% last year, which was only 0.76% less Democrat than the state as a whole. Latham is an experienced campaigner, has a conservative voting record without being polarizing, and has a history of winning independent and Democrat votes. While I’m a big fan of Congressman Steve King, he has only won in comfortably Republican districts, and I don’t think he’d fare very well running statewide in a state where McCain and Romney only got 44% and 46%, respectively.


45 posted on 01/26/2013 3:16:38 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Da Bilge Troll

Just go for the one most likely to defeat the Democrat. Any of them would be far better than any Democrat.


46 posted on 01/26/2013 3:18:19 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Da Bilge Troll

I personally know everyone of these mentioned. They’re all fine people, now just to sort out who would be the strongest candidate.


47 posted on 01/26/2013 3:19:30 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

You beat me by 18 seconds (check out my post #45).


48 posted on 01/26/2013 3:21:49 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
There is about as much substance to Dungheap Harkin as there is to John F’ing Kerry.
49 posted on 01/26/2013 3:24:55 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Well, it looks like you and I have this analyzed the same.


50 posted on 01/26/2013 3:37:54 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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