Former US attorney announces Senate bid

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Matt Whitaker is officially announcing his plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

Speaking Monday at a news conference in Ankeny, the former U.S. attorney announced he would seek the seat being vacated by retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Whitaker says he wants to reduce government spending and “restore our country to greatness.”

The 43-year-old former University of Iowa football player from Clive was U.S. attorney for Iowa’s Southern District from 2004 to 2009. He ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2002.

Republican David Young, who was U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s top aide, also says he’ll seek the seat. Other Republicans considering running include state Sen. Joni Ernst and former Reliant Energy CEO Mark Jacobs.

Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo is his party’s only candidate.

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