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Iowa's Sen. Harkin to retire: Won't seek re-election

Iowa's Sen. Harkin to retire: Won't seek re-election

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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.

Harkin said it would also allow a new generation of Democrats to seek higher office.

The announcement comes as a surprise, considering he had $2.7 million in his campaign war chest and was planning a fundraiser next month.

Harkin played a lead role in urging the U.S. Senate's more liberal members to back the 2010 health care bill.

 

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