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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:45 pm | Updated: 12:47 am, Wed Feb 20, 2013.

Second District U.S. Rep. John Kline (R-Lakeville) isn’t ruling out a challenge to Democrat Sen. Al Franken in 2014.

“I guess I’ll be playing a role and I’m not sure what that role is,” Kline said during a briefing with reporters in St. Paul. “We would like to have, obviously, a good challenger in every race and it would certainly include that one.”

Kline has been one of several Republicans who have been mentioned as mounting a run against Franken. He deflected a question as to whether he was interested in running or would rule out a run against Franken.

“I will make a decision on whatever I’m doing sometime in the summer,” Kline said. “It’s just too early to say.”

Kline was first elected to the U.S. House in 2002. He currently serves as the chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee.

He’s the second member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation to not rule out a Senate run. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen didn’t rule out a run when he spoke with reporters earlier this month.

Republicans have been searching for a potential challenger to Franken but no candidates have made an official announcement yet. Franken announced he’s running for reelection.

“Sen. Franken loves his job representing Minnesota in the Senate and especially enjoys the opportunity to travel around the state to hear from his constituents about how he can best serve them,” said Franken spokesman Ed Shelleby. “The 2014 election is a long way away and right now Sen. Franken is continuing to focus on his job representing the people of Minnesota.”

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