Udall to run for Senate in 2008

Daily Staff Report

Eagle County U.S. Rep. Mark Udall said Thursday he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Udall, who some expected might run for Colorado governor, also said he will seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006.

“My heart and my head tell me that as tempting as a run for governor is in 2006, I have a stronger desire and determination to serve in Congress and focus on the important federal issues that make America’s future uncertain,” said Udall, who lives in the Boulder area.

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“In Congress I have established a voice on these issues, including the war in Iraq, national security, terrorism and energy independence, and, frankly, I am reluctant to set out on a different path, even if this different path makes statewide service easier to attain,” he said.

Udall was briefly in the Senate race in 2004, but pulled out in favor of then-Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar. Salazar, also a Democrat, defeated beer baron Pete Coors to replace Ben Nighthorse-Campbell.

“Last year, I joked about having launched the shortest U.S. Senate campaign in Colorado history; I am now embarking on what may be the longest,” Udall said.

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