Robin Carnahan, the daughter of a former Missouri governor and a U.S. senator, said Tuesday that she is running for the U.S. Senate. Carnahan, currently secretary of state, is a Democrat and will seek the seat being vacated by four-term Sen. Kit Bond, a Republican. The election is next year.
"Our country is facing tough economic times and threats to our security like never before," Carnahan said. "It's time we had elected leaders ready to stop the political bickering and start solving problems.”
Carnahan, 47, announced that she would be a candidate in a video posted on her Web site, robincarnahan.com, that also was e-mailed to supporters. Her announcement had been anticipated for weeks by political insiders.
It comes as Democrats strive to elect 60 senators so that they can end Republican filibusters and vastly improve their prospects of passing the Democratic agenda in that chamber.
Democrats now hold 58 seats, with a Minnesota seat subject to legal wrangling. Democrat Al Franken holds a 225-vote lead in that race, but Republican Norm Coleman is challenging the re-count.
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