(DES MOINES) After much thought, Senator Tom Harkin, with his wife Ruth by his side at Project Search in Des Moines, shared how he planned Saturday morning’s surprising announcement that he would not seek re-election.
“Well we’re going to go to Iowa this weekend, I think this is the time to do it and Ruth said let’s get it over with and start the next chapter,” said Harkin.
After a tour of Project Search at Methodist Hospital, where he learned about a nine month program for integrated employment for people with intellectual and other significant disabilities, he promised to continue to work for those with disabilities in the remaining months.
“I’m not saying goodbye, I’m going to be here for two more years, and I intend to be very active in those two years on a number of issues,” said Harkin.
Harkin jokingly said his wife gets to go on an annual bike trip and he never gets to go. He says he’ll take up dance lessons and do the things he’s promised to do with his wife.
Iowa Radio Network