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Winkler won't challenge Cravaack

A former Democratic congressman who is considering challenging Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2012 received the endorsement of another DFLer who was considering running.

A former Democratic congressman who is considering challenging Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2012 received the endorsement of another DFLer who was considering running.

State Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, a Bemidji native, announced Tuesday he will not run against Cravaack. Instead, he threw his support behind Rick Nolan.

"I had a chance to meet with and talk with Rick Nolan and thought he would be a strong candidate from the area who could take the seat back from Chip Cravaack," the freshman Republican congressman from Lindstrom, Winkler said. "So I was happy to have him run and support him."

Nolan said he's honored by Winkler's endorsement.

"It is a very important and positive factor in helping me to decide whether or not to make this race," he said.

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Nolan said he'll probably decide in early July whether he'll run.

Nolan, 67, of Crosby, retired in 1980 from Minnesota's former 6th District after three terms. He's considering running again because of "the gravity and the urgency of the issues facing the nation today."

Issues Nolan highlighted included jobs, deficits at all levels of government, wars in the Middle East, attacks on collective bargaining and the growing disparity between the rich and the poor.

"I think we are at a tipping point on all these issues," he said. "We need to resolve them and we need to resolve them now or they will become unsolvable. We need someone in Washington who knows their way around and has a record of being able to get things done."

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