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Carmona: Giffords' office wants him to mull race

Carmona: Giffords' office wants him to mull race

CREATED Sep 23, 2011

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona says Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office has asked him to consider a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Sen. Jon Kyl.

Giffords at one time had been mentioned as a potential candidate for the seat, but her name now seldom surfaces in lists of potential candidates.

She is recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered during a January meeting with voters and hasn't revealed her future political plans.

Carmona declined to say who in Giffords' office approached him.

He hasn't yet decided whether to run for the seat.

The candidates include Rep. Jeff Flake, real estate investor Wil Cardon, general contractor  Douglas McKee and former Youngtown Mayor Bryan Hackbarth.

Former Arizona Democratic chairman Don Bivens also is considering a run.

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