Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) Says He Will Not Run For Kennedy's Senate Seat : The Two-Way Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) tells WBUR, our member station in Boston, that he will not seek the senate seat formerly held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA).
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Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) Says He Will Not Run For Kennedy's Senate Seat

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) says he isn't considering a run for the senate seat held by Edward M. Kennedy. Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) says he isn't considering a run for the senate seat held by Edward M. Kennedy.

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Asked by Bob Oakes -- of WBUR, NPR's member station in Boston -- if he plans to run for senate, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said that he "will absolutely not be a candidate for that seat."

No. I didn't want to respond to that earlier, because with Sen. Kennedy as ill as he was, it would have been inappropriate to talk about that. In 2004, had John Kerry been elected president, I would have run for the Senate. I was then a member of the Democratic minority in the House, we didn't have much influence -- although the Republicans have since decided to blame us for everything they did or didn't do when they were in the majority.

But now that I'm chairman of this financial service committee, and fairly deeply engaged in trying to get the financial system changed to prevent the kind of crisis we had before, it would be irresponsible for me to abandon that for a political campaign during the next few months when it's critical for us to act. So I will absolutely not be a candidate for that seat.