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Rep Steve King (R-Racistfuckistan) Talks About a 2012 Run

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

By Matt Finkelstein
Media Matters

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) raised some eyebrows recently when she said that she'd like to see Rep. Steve King (R-IA) run for president in 2012.

In the last few months, King has refused to vote for a bipartisan resolution acknowledging the role of slave labor in building the U.S. Capitol, bragged about opposing relief for Hurricane Katrina victims, stated that same-sex marriage is "a purely socialist concept," referred to hate crimes legislation as "the Pedophile Protection Act," and compared President Obama to Hitler.

And that's just since July.  Indeed, King often looks more interested in competing for the title of "Most Extreme Member of Congress" (in a friendly rivalry with Bachmann) than pursuing higher office.

But, when asked about a possible run in 2012, King did not rule it out.  In fact, he sounded an awful lot like someone who's thinking of running.  Although he did say he has "no plans to run for president," King stated that wants to be "engaged in this national debate" going forward.  Furthermore, he said that his roots in Iowa -- where the first primary caucuses are held -- give him a "platform to be able to articulate those arguments."
Well, it is flattering, and I am stunned ... My wife asked me about that.  She asked me, actually, last night, "Are you running for president?" I said, "Well, we don't talk much, do we?"  But here's what I'd like to do.  And that is, I want to be engaged in this 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 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.  I intend to do that, and we'll what happens.  But I'm making no plans to run for president.  I didn't make any plans to run for Congress either.  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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