He says there is no rush, though nearly every Republican in Nebraska wants to know his decision.
Gov. Dave Heineman tells reporters that it will be a while before he decides whether to run for the United States Senate.
“I’ve told everybody I’m taking a very serious look at it. It takes time to evaluate all the factors and it’s probably going to take another month or so, I would think,” Heineman answers when asked about the race by a reporter.
Sen. Mike Johanns has announced that he will retire at the end of his term next year. The announcement came as a surprise to many, including Heineman who was Lt. Governor under Johanns. Heineman became governor in 2005 after Johanns became Agriculture Secretary under President George W. Bush.
Heineman says that among the factors he will consider is whether he wants to move from being a governor to working in Congress. He says he will be watching to see if a change occurs in Washington and President Obama and Congress begin working with each other.
Personal factors come into play as well.
“Also, just simply, (First Lady) Sally (Ganem) and I want to think about what the next phase in our life will be,” Heineman says.
Heineman has turned down an opportunity to run for Senate before. He decided against running last year, declining to enter a rce that featured a strong three candidate field in the Republican primary. Former state Sen. Deb Fischer emerged from that primary to win the general election against Democrat Bob Kerrey. Heineman says he has no concerns about Republicans retaining the seat, whether he or another Republican runs.
AUDIO: Gov. Heineman discusses the possibility of running for United States Senate with reporters. [2:45]