Politics

Dianne Feinstein hints at another Senate run

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein speaks during a press conference at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco on July 7, 2017.
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein speaks during a press conference at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco on July 7, 2017.
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Despite her declining approval ratings, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein is giving her strongest hints so far that she's going to seek a fifth full Senate term in 2018.

She tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "I'm ready for a good fight. I've got things to fight for."

Feinstein is 84 years old, the oldest current senator.

In a recent survey, half of all likely voters said Feinstein shouldn't pursue another term

"Change continues to be a big theme for voters in California," said Mark Baldassare, who directed the survey for the Public Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank.

Feinstein has been publicly noncommittal about a 2018 run, and when she was asked in a recent television interview whether she was "up for another six years," she replied: "Well, we will see, won't we."

But Feinstein is telling NBC that she's "in a position where I can be effective, and hopefully that means something to California."

Feinstein, who had a pacemaker implanted in January, joined the Senate in 1992 after winning a special election.