Capito in 2005: West Virginia Senator ‘Pretty Cool Job’

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Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican from West Virginia, right, and Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, left, talk to Lance Auer, deputy assistant secretary for financial institutions with the U.S. Treasury, prior to a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing in Washington.

Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican who announced today that she will run for the Senate in 2014, said seven years ago that being a senator “looks like a pretty cool job.”

Capito, who won a seventh House term on Nov. 6 with 70 percent of the vote, made the comment during an interview with C-Span’s Brian Lamb in October 2005. Lamb asked Capito what she learned about the Senate from Robert C. Byrd, the legendary West Virginia Democrat who represented the state from 1959 until his 2010 death, the longest Senate tenure in history.

“I think you get a lot more influence. Certainly he represents the entire state, and that presents a lot of huge opportunities,” said Capito, 59, whose congressional district includes the state capital of Charleston and the Eastern Panhandle.

With responsibilities that include vetting Supreme Court justices and treaties, the Senate has “maybe a more national focus than what we have in the House” and “seems to have a slower pace,” she said.

Asked by Lamb when she would run for Senate, Capito said, “Well, we’ll just have to see. I do see a Senate race in my future.”

After passing on Senate bids in each of the past four election years, Capito has decided that the future is 2014, when Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller is up for re-election. He hasn’t said whether he will seek a sixth term at age 77.

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