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June 01, 2009

Coburn running for second term

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced today that he will be running for a second term in the Senate.

The outspoken Oklahoma conservative declared his reelection plans this morning in Tulsa, where he said he made his decision because "our country's future is at stake."

"We can either do what we've been doing — borrow without limit and spend without restraint — and pass on crushing debt, a lower standard of living and less freedom to the next generation," Coburn said.

"Or we can restore the common sense principles that made our country — limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility."

Coburn, whose meager fundraising totals raised speculation that he might retire, is expected to face little difficulty winning reelection. Oklahoma was the most Republican state in last year’s presidential election, giving John McCain 65 percent of the vote.

If Coburn retired, Democrats thought they would have an outside shot at competing for the seat  — at least if popular term-limited Gov. Brad Henry (D-Okla.) ran for the Senate.

During his 2004 Senate campaign, Coburn pledged to serve no more than two terms in office.