Coburn to seek re-election

Tulsa, OK – Coburn to run again 2010

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sen. Tom Coburn announced this morning in Tulsa he will run for re-election to a second term.

The Oklahoma Republican has built a reputation as an anti-earmarks crusader by working to stall projects that other senators try to put into legislation.

Coburn is a medical doctor who was first elected to the Senate in 2004 when he defeated Democrat Brad Carson with 53 percent of the vote.

During the 2004 campaign Coburn pledged to serve no more than two terms in the Senate if he won.

No other candidates have announced plans to run.

In 2005, Coburn tried to strip $452 million for two Alaska bridges one known as the "Bridge to Nowhere," which was to link a small Alaskan town with its airport on a nearby island.

The Senate ended up approving money for the bridges.

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