Steelman announces 2012 Senate run against McCaskill

That didn’t take long.

With the embers of the 2010 election still smoldering, Republican Sarah Steelman today announced that she will run for the U.S. Senate in two years.

If she gets through the primary, her opponent likely will be Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, who already is painting herself as an underdog.

“I want to do my part in fighting for America’s future,” Steelman says on her new campaign website.

“That’s why I have decided to run for the United States Senate. We need to create an economic climate of growth where families keep their own hard earned income. The country’s total federal debt is at $13.7 trillion and rising.

“We need to stop the frightening growth of government not only in size but in the power it holds over our lives by cutting government spending; balancing the budget; eliminating needless regulations; and reversing unwanted Obamacare mandates.”

Among other potential GOP candidates is former Sen. Jim Talent who has said he would decide soon.

Steelman is a former state treasurer who considered a Senate run this year, but wound up backing fellow Republican Roy Blunt. Steelman ran for governor in the GOP primary two years ago and wound up losing, narrowly, to Kenny Hulshof.’

The bitter primary was viewed as a big reason that Democrat Jay Nixon wound up winning the race going away.