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Arpaio says no decision yet on US Senate run

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio swears in 56 new members of his Illegal Immigration Posse, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Phoenix. Sheriff Joe has sworn in nearly 3,000 posse members since becoming sheriff in 1993. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio swears in 56 new members of his Illegal Immigration Posse, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in Phoenix. Sheriff Joe has sworn in nearly 3,000 posse members since becoming sheriff in 1993. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he has not made a decision whether to run for the U.S. Senate but is considering it.

The sheriff says he has plenty of time to decide whether to mount a Senate campaign and if he announced a run now, he would have to resign from the sheriff’s office.

Arpaio tells The Associated Press he has 99 percent name recognition, plenty of law enforcement experience and could raise adequate amounts of money to run for the U.S. Senate after Sen. Jon Kyl announced last week that he would not seek re-election.

Arpaio is 78 and says he is not worried about people thinking he is too old to run for the Senate.

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