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Pres. Obama statement on Harkin's decision

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

President Obama made this statement Saturday after learning of Senator Tom Harkin's decision not to run for re-election in 2014.

By the time Senator Harkin finishes his fifth term, he will have represented the people of Iowa in the United States Congress for an incredible 40 years. He has served in the U.S. Senate longer than any Democrat in Iowa's history. During his tenure, he has fought passionately to improve quality of life for Americans with disabilities and their families, to reform our education system and ensure that every American has access to affordable health care. Senator Harkin will be missed, and Michelle and I join Iowans in thanking him for his long-standing service and wish him and his wife, Ruth, all the best in the future.

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