Biven's announces US Senate bid

Phoenix, AZ – Bivens acknowledged he has no experience as an elected official. But in a telephonic press conference, Bivens said his background as an attorney, helping people resolve disputes makes him perfect to send to Washington at this time.

(I am experienced in walking with people into rooms where they have emotionally charged, diametrically opposed agendas and in walking out with common-sense, agreed-upon solutions. And that's a skill set that we can use in Washington.)

Bivens also thinks this could be the best opportunity for Arizona to send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in years, what with this being an open seat now that three-term incumbent Jon Kyl is retiring. Several Republican names have emerged, including Congressman Jeff Flake and Mesa businessman Wil Cardon.

(I think the open seat is a clear and open advantage. There are only six in the United States of America, open seats for the United States Senate in 2012. That means people on both sides of the political spectrum are going to be focused on it. And I think it changes the equation for those six states.)

And Bivens insisted that he is not a placeholder candidate while other Democrats with higher name ID decide if they want to seek the office. That includes Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who, at least until she was wounded earlier this year, was considered a likely front runner.

(If I thought Gabby was going to be running, I probably would not have declared. We have a situation in which we need to move this country forward. I am a candidate for the U.S. Senate. I'm not getting out.)

In a press release, Flake said if the Democrats nominate -- quote -- a liberal lawyer and former party chairman, the voters will have a clear choice come November. For Arizona Public Radio this is Howard Fischer.