Remember that statement Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., made last week in which he seemed to move toward a reelection announcement? In a conference call with South Dakota reporters, he kind of took it back.
The Sioux Falls Argus Leader:
After former Republican Gov. Mike Rounds said last week he would run for the seat now held by Johnson, the Democrat responded with a statement that seemed to indicate that he was running: “I fully intend to put together a winning campaign in the weeks and months ahead.”
But in a telephone news conference with South Dakota reporters Wednesday, Johnson said his earlier statement should have been more clear about the prospects he will seek a fourth term.
"I should have added more clarity to my comments," Johnson said of the statement he made last week. "If I run again, I will run a strong campaign. But only if I run again, and it's far too soon to make that statement."
If Johnson ultimately decides against a bid, the names floated as potential Democratic candidates include former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Johnson's son, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson.