“I love being attorney general,” he said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “I’m having a great time doing a job that I love.”
Bruning did say, however, that he would "never say never" about a gubernatorial or Senate bid, but he added that running for either office is "extremely unlikely."
He did pursue retired Sen. Ben Nelson's (D) seat in 2012, but lost the Republican nomination to Deb FischerDeb FischerSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate Republicans ask Trump to soften his tone Skittish GOP to Trump: Drop the insults MORE, who went on to win the seat. Bruning was initially considered a potential contender in 2014, for retiring Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE' (R) seat.
All eyes remain on Gov. Dave Heineman (R), who has expressed interest in running and, sources say, the field will remain frozen until he makes his decision.
A number of other potential contenders have expressed their interest in the race, including Reps. Jeff FortenberryJeff FortenberryOvernight Healthcare: Momentum on mental health? | Zika bills head to conference | Only 10 ObamaCare co-ops left Overnight Energy: Senate Dems block energy, water bill a third time Lawmakers plead with White House for pressure on Sudan MORE, Adrian Smith and Lee Terry. State Treasurer Don Stenberg and businessman Pete Ricketts could also run.