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Kline Doesn’t Rule Out 2014 Minn. Senate Race

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John Kline. (credit: Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Rep. John Kline isn’t ruling out a run for U.S. Senate next year but says his decision won’t come until this summer.

The senior Republican in Minnesota’s congressional delegation is among those mentioned as potential rivals to Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who will be up for a second term in 2014.

Kline was asked about his interest in running for Senate while at Minnesota’s Capitol on Monday. He gave an indirect response and then offered his timetable. A Senate bid would end his House career because the two seats are on the ballot at the same time.

Kline has represented a southeastern Minnesota district for 10 years and is chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Fellow GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen isn’t ruling out a run either.

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