Former U.S. senator Jim Talent of Missouri said he will not challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) for her Senate seat, even if Rep. Todd Akin exits the key race.
"No, I'm not running for the Senate," Talent told reporters attending the Republican platform committee in Tampa, where he serves as a delegate from Missouri.
Talent held McCaskill's seat before she defeated him in 2006. He said he had been holed up in meetings discussing the Republican platform and had received 15 phone messages about the Akin situation. But he said he not spoken to Akin. He said that Sen. John Cornyn's call for Akin to consider leaving the race "very appropriate."
"He's got a decision to make, and he's got to make it quickly," Talent said of Akin. "He's got to know the situation, and he needs to sit down and make a personal decision."