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Vt. Auditor Tom Salmon explores U.S. Senate run

St. Johnsbury, Vermont - March 2, 2011

Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon says he is starting an exploratory committee for U.S. Senate. The Republican says he is considering a run against Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont.

Salmon decided not run for re-election just months after being elected to his current term in office.

"I do need to take the next step, and that step will be to, beginning tonight, I'm declaring that I'm entering an exploratory phase for U.S. Senate," Salmon said in a live interview on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m.

Sen. Sanders has won widespread support in Vermont, crossing all demographics, and no one has been able to beat the independent in 25 years.

"I know it's a daunting task, but we're living in very difficult times and I feel a responsibility," Salmon said. "I think at this point, there are probably three people who think I can win, and the good news is I'm one of them. But I think as I measure my decision and work through a period of research and reflection with others and raise some money-- I have committee that includes Governor Salmon and Governor Douglas-- and the idea here is to make a smart decision before fully declaring myself as a full-time committed candidate for U.S. Senate."

Watch the video of the live interview with Tom Salmon for more.

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