March 6, 2012

King would consider quitting Senate race if he couldn't win

By Tom Bell
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Former Gov. Angus King, who announced on Monday that he is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate, said today that he does not want to be a spoiler and would consider dropping out of the race this fall if it appeared that he could not win.

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Angus King kisses his wife, Mary Herman, at Bowdoin College on Monday night after announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Olympia Snowe.

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Former Maine Gov. Angus King speaks to reporters and editors today in the offices of MaineToday Media.

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"I have no intention of being a spoiler," King said in an interview with The Portland Press Herald.

King said he would not bankroll his campaign with his own money. He also said he would wait until he gets to Washington before deciding whether he would caucus with Democrats or Republicans, and that his decision would be based on "what's best for Maine" rather than for any ideological preference.

Because his campaign is built on the message that the political parties are causing gridlock in Washington, it wouldn't make sense to announce now which party he would caucus with, he said.

"If I answer that question now, I would be giving up a lot on what I have said I would sell down there," he said.




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