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Sen. Norm Coleman Passes on Klobuchar Challenge

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- While former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has said publicly that he may return to public service, he has ruled out challenging Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012.

“I’m not going to run against Amy Klobuchar,” Coleman, R-Minn., told ABC News on Tuesday. “I’ve said in other forums that I haven’t ruled out public service -- my heart’s in public service. At some point, but not in 2012. I love what I do now, and that is developing center-right policy.”

Coleman lost in 2008 -- after an extended recount in a razor-tight race -- to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. Klobuchar, D-Minn., is among a large field of Democrats up for reelection next year whom Republicans hope to oust.

Coleman is now CEO of the American Action Network, which is focusing on fostering conservative ideas and helping centrist Republicans with policy and politics.

“I think 2012 is going to be a good year for our team. I think America is a center-right nation. We saw a reflection of that in this election -- we’ll see it again in 2012,” Coleman added.

“But I’m not going to run against Amy Klobuchar. I’ll leave that task to others.”

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Norm Coleman Not Running for RNC Chairman

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, who had expressed interest in running for chairman of the Republican National Committee, has ruled out a bid for the job now that current chair Michael Steele is in the race.

“I’ve been pretty consistent on this, it’s very simple," Coleman said in an interview with the MinnPost on Tuesday. “I’ve said if Steele was running, I wouldn’t run against him. He strongly supported me in the past; I made that commitment to him a number of months ago -- if he’s in I’m not in.”

Notably, Coleman declined to endorse Steele or any other candidate for the job.

Coleman did, indeed, make public promises that he would not seek the chairmanship if Steele decided to jump in. Steele announced his re-election bid in a conference call with members of the committee on Monday night.

If Coleman had run, he would likely have received a mixed reception from the committee. Coleman has been heading up the conservative political group the American Action Network, which raised millions for Republican candidates in the 2010 cycle. So, he has established some fundraising bona fides.

However, he would also have been seen as an outsider (he is not currently one of the 168 voting members of the RNC) vying for a job that many in the party believe should go to own of their own.

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