“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.”
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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 FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerCongress readies for battle over nuclear policy Trump's pursuit of infrastructure deal hits GOP roadblock Why America needs the ability to track enemy missiles from space MORE, who went on to win the seat. Bruning was initially considered a potential contender in 2014, for retiring Sen. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsMeet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska Farmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying 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 FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryHouse Appropriations passes defense bill that would limit funds for border wall, pull US support from Yemen war Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill Nearly 40 percent of species worldwide face extinction — unless we reverse wildlife crisis MORE, Adrian Smith and Lee Terry. State Treasurer Don Stenberg and businessman Pete Ricketts could also run.