Steve King at CPAC quietly challenges Rove

"I'm still here standing," King said of the last election

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 16, 2013 1:34PM (EDT)

In his speech to CPAC, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, touted his win in the 2012 elections despite his super conservative platform, in what was likely a quiet challenge to Karl Rove, whose Super PAC has indicated that it will target King if he decides to run for Senate.

" I didn't run on jobs and the economy," King told CPAC, adding that he "stood on life and stood on marriage," unlike some of his colleagues in the House. "A bunch of people who have backed away from these challenges don't realize that I'm still here standing."

"Our job is to step up and defend our values and the full spectrum of constitutional conservatism," he said.

King is thinking about a run in 2014 to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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