State senator running for Inhofe seat

Tulsa, Okla. (AP) _ A first-term democratic state senator from Oklahoma City officially announced Wednesday that he's running for the senate seat occupied by Republican Jim Inhofe.

Andrew Rice said Washington suffers from partisan gridlock and what he called "play-it-safe politics.''  He said he wants to help steer the country in a new direction.  The 34-year-old lawmaker said he has proven he can get results in his first year in an evenly divided state senate.

Rice said that after his brother was killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, he decided to refocus his own life on social justice and public service.  He said he would work to get U.S. Troops out of Iraq.  Describing himself as "fiscally responsible,'' he said the federal budget deficit is destabilizing the economy.

Rice spoke at a news conference in Tulsa and planned a similar announcement later in Oklahoma City.

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