Democrat Tom Harkin Retiring From Senate
Iowa senator won't seek re-election in 2014
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, won't run for re-election.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Surprise news from the Senate today: Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin tells AP he will not run for re-election in 2014. Harkin, 73, pointed out that he would be 81 if he completed a sixth term. "It's just time," he says. Harkin has long been a champion of liberal causes and ran for president in 1992 before dropping out to back Bill Clinton. Republicans, who need six seats to regain control of the Senate in the midterms, are sure to be thrilled with the decision.

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Jan 26, 2013 8:52 PM CST
In 2013-14, there are at least 12-13 US Senate seats that Pubs could win. WVA, Capito will win that one. Iowa, perhaps. There are over 10 more. Sogood bye to the old socialist Tom and hopefully the Stupid Party will unite wth Indies, Libertarians, and Reagan Dems and actually win some Senate elections. Taking the Senate back.
Jan 26, 2013 1:46 PM CST
I remember when he ran for president in 1992 I was living in New Hampshire. The TV ad Harkin was running during the NH Primary was filmed in an old empty mill in Manchester. He spoke about the closed mills and the jobs that went to Asia. The ads with the strong populist message failed to resonate with the NH voters because most of the mills and the largest of the mills closed during the great depression. Only a few, the very old voters had any memory of the mills when they were up and running. The people that were old enough to recall the mills closing or knew the history of them knew the jobs didn't go to Asia. The jobs went down south. After a poor showing in NH his campaign never recovered. With all the time and effort that had to be put into that campaign nobody did any research about the mills or if they did it was ignored.
Jan 26, 2013 12:04 PM CST
Gee, by the look of that picture....I didn't know Gene Hackman had a brother....:-)