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Harkin Retires

Harkin at Dubuque Chamber

Harkin at Dubuque Chamber

CUMMING, Iowa — Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he will not seek re-election in 2014.

The 73-year-old Harkin tells The Associated Press in an interview, “It’s just time to step aside,” because by the time he would finish a sixth term, he would be 81.

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 Senate’s more liberal members to back the 2010 health care bill.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/26/tom-harkin-retiring_n_2557708.html

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