“It’s just time to step aside,” he said, noting that at the end of his next term, should he seek re-election, he would be 81. The veteran lawmaker said that it is time to make room for a new generation of Democrats seeking higher office.
The announcement comes as a surprise to some. The AP reported that Harkin has a war chest of $2.7 million and a fund-raiser planned for February.
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