Yesterday was a tough day for all of us. I’m disappointed in the results of the race, but I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work you’ve done for me and this campaign. Your efforts helped build an amazing grassroots network, the best and most organized I’ve ever seen. From Sioux City, to Indianola, to Mason City, to Burlington, our volunteers worked so incredibly hard. We talked to thousands of Iowa voters. We put in the long days and even longer nights. Watching this network grow and being a part of it has truly been one of the best experiences of my life. I built my career around helping middle class Iowa families. And while I won’t be heading to the Senate in January, the issues we fought for during this campaign are still on the table. With your help, the work we started will continue I want to say again how grateful and proud I am for your constant support during these months. I couldn’t have gotten this far without you.
Over the past 24 hours, I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and support from Iowans in every corner of the state urging me to consider a campaign for the US Senate in 2014. Iowans deserve a senator who will continue Tom Harkin's legacy of strengthening the middle class and standing up for Iowans who don't have a voice. While Senator Harkin's shoes are impossible to fill, in the coming days my family and I will carefully weigh a possible candidacy for Senate.