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Rep. Steve King Passes on Iowa Senate Seat

OFFICE OF REP. STEVE KING(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an outspoken conservative firebrand, will not seek the Republican nomination for his state’s open Senate seat, ABC News has learned.

“I will not run for Senate in 2014,” King said in a tweet Friday evening. “A Senate race takes me out of urgent battles in Congress that can’t wait until 2015. Many thanks to all.”

The prospect of King’s candidacy to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, worried the Republican establishment in Washington. He was singled out by American Crossroads, the leading GOP outside advocacy group, as a candidate who would struggle to win a general election.

King pledged to ignore the criticism, but Republican aides said it became clear in recent weeks that fundraising would be a steep challenge, given his outspoken views on a variety of issues, particularly immigration.

Harkin is retiring after three decades in Washington.

The decision by King opened the door to other Republican candidates, but also suggested Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat, had the upper hand – for now, at least.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


An Iowa Endorsement for Romney, 5 Months After Caucus

Office of Rep. Steve King(WASHINGTON) -- Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King told reporters Mitt Romney will campaign in his state Tuesday, giving a “major policy speech on out-of-control spending and debt” at Drake University in Des Moines. He also announced his endorsement of Romney — a nod he had been expected to do before the Iowa caucuses in January.

“I’ve said all along I’ll be an enthusiastic supporter of our eventual nominee,” King said on a Republican National Committee conference call. “It’s clear Mitt Romney is our nominee and it will happen in Tampa. I’m predicting that that is the result and I’m an enthusiastic supporter of Mitt Romney.”

King said he will be excited to see Romney Tuesday in his state and “will continue” to work on his behalf to help him win Iowa and the election in November. King revealed just one day before the Jan. 3 caucuses he would not make an endorsement.

Despite his late endorsement, King said he is going to be “very engaged” in the debate over the debt and deficit.

The conference call starts a week-long roll out from the RNC highlighting the president’s “failure on the debt and deficit,” said the RNC’s Ryan Mahoney on the call.

Earlier Monday, the committee released a web video which includes clips of President Obama pledging to cut the nation’s deficit in half and pay it down — this while a graphic shows the deficit increasing. It ends with the words “empty promises” across the screen.

King compared America’s economic state to the economic crisis in Greece, saying the nation will be “approaching the situation Greece is in if we have a second Obama term.”

He called Romney a “consummate manager” and said, “No one questions his economic understanding and ability.”

On the call, King cited Supreme Court appointments as “a great motivator” for Iowans to support Romney in November, despite the bruising primary process that played out most visibly in his home state.

“It was a long, long hard-fought presidential nominating process, especially in Iowa,” King said. “And it takes a while to heal up those wounds.”

Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses, although Romney was initially called the winner due to a counting error.

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Santorum Fails to Get One Endorsement, But Is Grilled About Another

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(ADEL, Iowa) -- Just over a week before the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum stood next to a coveted endorsement he did not receive on Monday while being grilled about one he did nab last week.

The day after Christmas, Santorum went pheasant hunting with Iowa Rep. Steve King, who has yet to back a candidate although Iowans will caucus on Jan. 3.  The two held a press conference afterwards, but King did not endorse Santorum or anyone and instead said it was just a hunting trip with a “friend.”

“I came here to shoot pheasants today with my friend Rick Santorum and we are having a great, great day.  I’m going to deliberate on all of this and I’ve got a few days yet before a decision has to be made,” King said.

When asked if he was leaning towards the candidate he was standing next to, King joked, “Yes,” before physically leaning toward Santorum, adding he would “prefer to not discuss” a possible endorsement because he wanted to “enjoy the day.”

King said he thought he would have backed one of the GOP candidates three months ago, but he still hasn’t made his decision.

“Part of this is the dynamics of the entire race and I’ve said I want my head and my heart to come together.  When that happens and if that happens I’ll jump in with both feet and I hope it’s not after the ship’s already left, but it may be,” he said.

Santorum, meanwhile, found himself being asked by reporters about another endorsement, that of conservative Christian leader Bob Vander Plaats, who backed the former Pennsylvania senator last week.  The endorsement has been mired in controversy since it happened over whether Vander Plaats asked for cash in exchange for his public support.

Less than 48 hours after receiving the backing of Vander Plaats, the head of the prominent evangelical group The Family Leader, Santorum disclosed that the prominent Iowan told him he needed money to make the most out of the endorsement.

ABC News reported last week that Vander Plaats was soliciting as much as $1 million from Santorum and other candidates.

On the deck of Doc’s Hunt Club in Adel, Iowa, Santorum stood by Vander Plaats’ endorsement saying he was “happy” he received it and he doesn’t “see it as any trouble,” before blaming the firestorm around the endorsement on rival campaigns.

“Obviously some people who didn’t get the endorsement are trying to stir the pot to make it what it isn’t.  And it’s an endorsement based on the fact that they looked at the candidates and they looked at the candidate who fit the profile, who had the courage to go out and fight for the issues that conservatives care about,” Santorum said Monday.  “I think that’s why Bob Vander Plaats did what he did and that’s why others have stepped forward to do the same.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Agriculture Secretary Vilsack's Wife Mulling Congressional Run

USDA [dot] gov(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- One of the most intriguing political races of 2012 may be shaping up in Iowa's 4th congressional district.

That's where Republican Steve King, a darling of the Tea Party, could face a dogfight with the wife of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Before coming to Washington, Vilsack was Iowa's governor and Christie Vilsack was the first lady of the state who championed education, having once been a teacher.

Mrs. Vilsack is now apparently serious about running for Congress.  She announced the formation of an exploratory committee Wednesday to test interest in a possible candidacy.

Her mission to unseat King will be an uphill battle -- he won re-election last November with 64 percent of the vote and has a lot of support from conservatives who want to deport illegal immigrants and repeal the healthcare law.

Still, political observers in Iowa think that Christie Vilsack might be a formidable opponent, given her enduring popularity in the state.  They also predict it could turn out to be one of the most expensive House races in the nation.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Rep. Steve King: Health Care Fight Worth Risking Gov't Shutdown

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Steve King is lobbying his colleagues to take their fight against President Obama's health care law to a new level: He wants to cut off funding for the law as a condition for keeping other government funds in place.

"We have a leverage point, and it is the funding for the government for the balance of the fiscal year 2011," King, R-Iowa, told ABC News. "This is the place to pitch the fight."

If such a stance brings about a partial government shutdown, it would be Democrats' fault, King said: "If we shut off the funding to implement Obamacare and the Senate or the president refuses to go along with it, that is their decision, not ours."

Still, King argued, a shutdown might not be a bad result.

"If essential services keep going, no, it wouldn't be. And I think that we'd be able to keep essential services going on. You know, the wedge issue is this: Is the president -- would he think that his signature issue is more important to him than all the functions of government? That's the question. And in the end, will American people stand with us, or will they stand with Obamacare?"

King also criticized Democrats for not having passed a budget last year -- forcing the series of "continuing resolutions" that patch together funding a few weeks at the time. "It's not a way to run the government," King said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Rep. Steve King Resumes Charge to Repeal Health Care Law

Photo Courtesy - Office of Rep. Steve King(WASHINGTON) -- When the House of Representatives resumes its business on Tuesday, the top item on Speaker John Boehner's agenda will once again be to repeal President Obama's health care reforms, picking up where the House left off after the tragedy in Tucson shook the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a leading proponent of repeal, says it was appropriate for Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor to postpone the legislative calendar in the aftermath of the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., that left six people dead and 12 more wounded. But now, King says, the time has come to get back on track and overturn the health care reform law.

King, who introduced the repeal legislation immediately following health care reform's passage last spring, dismisses suggestions that health care repeal will fail in the Senate and says a vote in the House will put pressure on wavering lawmakers to support repeal.

King, a five-term representative, admits that neither chamber of Congress is likely to have the necessary support to override a presidential veto. Therefore, according to King, the last step of implementing repeal is to vote President Obama out of the White House and elect a president who will sign a health care repeal in two years.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Rep. Steve King: Lame Duck a ‘Pie in the Face of the American People’

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The anything-but-lame lame-duck Congress has drawn a fierce reaction from some Republicans on Capitol Hill, who claim that the burst of legislative action runs counter to the will of the American people.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told ABC News that Republicans should vow to never pass such consequential legislation in the period between an election and the start of a new Congress.

"It's unbelievable. It's unprecedented," King told ABC News. "American voters [said] that they've had enough of the 111th Congress, that they wanted to shut it down on November the 2nd.  Still Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi march on, throwing another pie in the face of the American people -- driving in an agenda that's not supported by the American people."

"I just think it's disingenuous, and it's the wrong thing for the American people," King added. "Republicans should remember this, too."

King also said Republicans should repeal the Obama health care bill as their first major act, and should give such a move the honorary label as being the first bill filed.

"I think that should be HR 1. I think that should be addressed. I think the repeal of Obamacare needs to be HR 1 -- a clear stand-alone 100 percent repeal without an equivocation, without any marginal things at all. Repeal it all, pull it all out by the roots -- lock stock and barrel, so that there's not a vestige of it left behind."

And King dismissed -- for the most part -- speculation that he may try to run for president in 2012.

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Top Republican Rips Colbert for "Mocking" Congress

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Stephen Colbert might have made some people laugh during his appearance before a House Judiciary subcommittee Friday, but the panel’s top ranking Republican was far from amused.  “I think that he mocked the hearing process,” Iowa Rep. Steve King told reporters after the hearing. “I think it was his intent to do that.”

As previously reported, Colbert had taken a serious tone in his prepared remarks submitted to the subcommittee before the hearing, but quickly morphed back into character at the hearing.

“It was clear that his written testimony that was delivered to us last night was not addressed at all,” King said. “He came with other written testimony that was delivered as a comedy routine at least in the first half of his testimony.”

“I don’t think you can take anything he testified seriously,” King added.

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