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Rep. Steve King is open to running for president but not yet making plans: ‘It is flattering.’

By Amanda Terkel  

"Rep. Steve King is open to running for president but not yet making plans: ‘It is flattering.’"

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A few weeks ago, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that while she wasn’t considering a run for president, she was very interested in seeing the “stunning” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) as a candidate. “I have a very high opinion of Steve King and his ability, so I would encourage him to consider any position for higher office,” she said. In a new interview with the Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO-TV, King refused to say that he was interested in running, but also refused to rule it out:

KING: It is flattering, and I am stunned. … Here’s what I’d like to do, and that is be engaged in the national debate. I want to lay out the parameters on what we need to do to refurbish the pillars of American exceptionalism. We’ve got to have a vision, and it needs to be offered by more than one person. And I’d like to see a number of candidates who are able to articulate the vision, sort those visions, bring the best one forward. We’re going to need a lot of help in 2012, and being in Iowa, from Iowa, representing Congress in a strong district in Iowa, gives me a platform to be able to articulate those arguments, and I intend to do that.

And we’ll see what happens, but I’m making no plans to run for president. I didn’t make any plans to run for Congress either, and so – I’ve long surpassed my personal aspirations, and I just count it as a blessing to be able to engage in this debate.

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(HT: Iowa Independent)

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