JOHNSTON, Iowa – Republican Rep. Steve King, an outspoken conservative who represents the sprawling 5th District in western Iowa, said Monday he’s pondering a run for governor next year.
However, King insists a far more important role he has is helping to heal a Republican party devastated by last year’s election defeats.
Speaking during a taping of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program, King said he will spend the next few months deciding whether to seek the party’s nomination to oppose Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in next year’s election.
“There’s a duty for me, I think, I’ve made no decisions,” King said, adding later that “It would be constructive for me at this point to say that the most important job right now is to bring together and reunify the Republican Party in this state.”
He said the GOP suffered a disastrous election last year and blamed it on the party straying from its core principles.
“We didn’t maintain that level of conviction that we had we took control in 1994,” King said. “The convictions were there, but they were missing in the fervor.”
The GOP lost seats in both Congress and statehouses around the country last year, including Iowa, and President Obama easily carried the state’s seven electoral votes.
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