Sioux City radio host considering U.S. Senate run

Sam Clovis active in Iowa GOP politics

Sioux City radio show host Sam Clovis is considering a 2014 run for the U.S. Senate.

Clovis on Thursday said he would face obstacles in name recognition outside Northwest Iowa but that he'd deliver on the conservative issues that Iowans hold dear.

"I think they are ready for a red-meat conservative," he said.

The seat is held by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. The only Democrat to enter the race so far is U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo.

Several figures in Iowa GOP politics – including Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, state Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron – have said they’re not seeking the GOP nomination.

Clovis is heavily involved in Republican politics, often serving as an emcee for campaign events by visiting politicians. He is a Morningside College economics professor and hosts “Impact With Sam Clovis” on KSCJ-AM.

"I am deeply steeped in the intellectual aspects of conservatism," he said.

Possible GOP candidates include former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, state Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, and Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz.

Clovis said he has received encouragement to run for several weeks and he will make a decision in a few weeks.

It would be his first elected office. Clovis said 2014 could be an election in which it would be helpful to be a relative outsider.


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