Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a former state Sen. from Osceola, faced questions from the press Thursday morning about her interest in running for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Reynolds, on a trade mission to Vietnam and the Phillippines, deflected political questions to focus on her trip with Iowa business and agricultural trade group members meant to boost Iowa exports and learn about pork-hungry Asian markets.
In her first interview since Rep. Tom Latham, R-Clive, announced that he would not campaign for Senate, Associated Press reporter Tom Beaumont, who broke the news of Harkin’s retirement, immediately asked about a potential bid for higher office.
“I am focused on this trade mission,” she said, later allowing that she will “take a serious look at it.” Reynolds plans to talk with King, who used to represent Reynolds in the pre-reapportionment 4th District and who she called a friend.
“We’ll deal with that when we get back,” she said at about 10 p.m. local time, 8 a.m. Iowa time.
Meanwhile, King will hold the grand opening of his new Ames office Friday morning. He’ll also face intense media scrutiny for his timetable on deciding on a Senate run.
Reynolds returns from Des Moines Saturday. She can expect more political questions at the weekly statehouse press conference she holds with Gov. Terry Branstad Monday.
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