Casey says he isn't thinking about Pennsylvania gubernatorial bid in 2022

Casey says he isn't thinking about Pennsylvania gubernatorial bid in 2022
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Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenators urging federal investigation into Liberty University's handling of sexual assault claims Crucial talks on Biden agenda enter homestretch Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents MORE (D-Pa.) on Wednesday shot down a question about running for Pennsylvania governor in 2022, though he didn't rule out a run further down the line.

"I am not. I'm very happy with the work I'm doing in the Senate," Casey said during a Washington Post Live interview, asked if he was thinking about a 2022 gubernatorial run.

Casey, who was reelected to the Senate in 2018, added that in addition to being "busy" in the Senate he also wants to "make sure I can concentrate my work ... to help Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE succeed."

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Pennsylvania currently allows governors to serve two consecutive terms. Pennsylvania's current governor, Democrat Tom WolfTom WolfPennsylvania K-12 mask mandate rejected by state court Overnight Health Care — Presented by Rare Access Action Project — White House unshaken by mandate ruling Pennsylvania governor allowing school districts to modify, end mask mandate MORE, is in his second term. 

Pennsylvania is viewed as a battleground state and the governor's office has swung between the parties in recent decades. 

Casey's father, Bob Casey Sr., was previously governor of Pennsylvania, which has sparked speculation that the Democratic senator could try to follow in his late father's political footsteps.  

Casey didn't rule out an eventual run for the state's top office, noting to The Washington Post that he just turned 60 and that older candidates have previously run and won. 

"There's always inspiration out there," Casey quipped.

Pennsylvania is already expected to have an open Senate seat in 2022, when Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) has said he will retire. Asked about the open Senate seat, Casey sidestepped saying if the party should nominate more of a centrist Democrat.  

"It's wide open now. There will be a number of contenders," Casey said.