Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he's going to consider a run for U.S. Senate, in the wake of U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns' retirement announcement.
Heineman said this afternoon he will take a "few days" to consider whether to jump into the race.
"I don't think I've ever indicated that being in the Senate is my dream job. But, obviously, I have to look at it," said Heineman.
Heineman would be an instant frontrunner if he got into the race. He was heavily wooed by national Republicans to run in 2011 but, opted out, saying he preferred to finish his term as governor.
However, now, Heineman could finish out his term and run for U.S. Senate as well.
"As far as Senate, it's a little different situation this time (than in 2011)," Heineman said.
Johanns shocked the state's political world today when he announced he would not seek re-election in 2014.
Some have speculated that Johanns was bowing out to allow Heineman to run, and that the two may have had a deal in the works for weeks. However, Heineman denied that he knew anything about Johanns' retirement until this morning.
"Senator Johanns called me this morning. First time I knew of it," said Heineman.
Heineman is one of many who will consider the race. Others include Democrats such as State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha and former NU Regent Chuck Hassebrook.