Posted: Mar 6, 2012 5:18 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says she "definitely" plans to run for a fourth term in two years.
The Democrat from New Orleans tossed aside speculation that she was going to end her congressional career after 18 years in the Senate.
Landrieu wouldn't comment specifically Monday on whether she expects Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge to challenge her.
"I do not know who my opponent will be. I'm sure I'll have one, and I'll be ready for whoever it is and plan to win," she said.
Louisiana's senior senator says she doesn't expect trouble in her re-election bid because of Democratic President Barack Obama's low popularity ratings in Louisiana.
Landrieu said, "My record is very different than the President's, and people will judge me on my own record."
Jason Dore, executive director of Louisiana's state GOP, said while Landrieu may have differed with Obama on energy policy, she's supported the President on his health care overhaul, the federal stimulus and his biggest priorities.
"Louisiana voters will see she has a very similar record to the President and has been there to support him," Dore said.