Andrew Rice Travels State in Probable U.S. Senate Bid

(U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe represents everything going wrong these days in the country, from skyrocketing gasoline costs to the botched occupation of Iraq. Inhofe supports the prisoner torture policies of Bush/Cheney, illegal wiretapping of American citizens, secret government, and the current Republican health program, “Corporate No Decent Health Care for American Citizens.” Check out the site and sign a petition urging state Sen. Andrew Rice to run against Inhofe in the 2008 election.)

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State Sen. Andrew Rice has issued this statement about his possible run against U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe in the 2008 election:

I am humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of support and the kind words of those asking me to run for the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma. I have taken your comments and requests to heart.

It appears that most of you agree that Oklahoma deserves a U.S. Senator who will tackle our greatest challenges with common sense, not partisan ideology.

Running for the United States Senate is difficult and I have had several conversations about it with my wife, and many of my friends and family. They are all very encouraging and supportive.

I plan to spend the coming weeks traveling the state to visit with Oklahomans about their hopes for the future. I will use these conversations to help me gauge a potential Senate campaign.

In the meantime, thank you all for your support and encouragement and continue to believe with me in a better future for Oklahoma and our country.

John Greiner, a longtime political reporter for The Daily Oklahoman, wrote a story (“Lawmaker to travel state before deciding on U.S. senate race,” June 28, 2007) about Rice’s decision.

The state senator’s interest in running against Inhofe has drawn an increasing amount of state and national media attention. Rice’s decision to formally explore running by traveling the state is sure to generate even more interest and press coverage. He told me personally last week that he is extremely serious about defeating Inhofe, who has repeatedly embarrassed the state with lies and outrageous comments.

Rice, an Oklahoma native, got involved with politics after his brother, David, died in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. As a newcomer, Rice won a landslide victory in his race for state senator against his Republican opponent in 2006.

I urge Oklahomans to get to know Rice as he travels the state during the next few weeks. He is definitely approachable. He is intelligent, articulate, and charismatic. He represents real family values, not cultural wedge issues. Rice, his physician wife, Apple, and their two young children are truly a family who should represent Oklahoma to the nation and world.

Electing Rice to the U.S. Senate, as it throws out the dinosaur Inhofe, would be the absolute best move Oklahoma could make to move the state forward and improve our national reputation.

If the state’s business people and power structure really want to grow this state and create opportunities for our children, they will discard Inhofe’s politics of hate and division and get behind Rice.