GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Governor Mark Dayton says he is already planning on seeking re-election in 2014,reiterating his planson KARE 11 Sunrise Tuesday morning.
"I'll seek another term," Dayton said during his hour-long interview with KARE 11's Kim Insley and Tim McNiff. "Eight years, I think, is what it's going to take to really streamline state government, make it more efficient to bring it up to the standards my family set in the past. I'm very fortunate to have the job. I love the job. I work very hard at it.
"[As] Governor, you're much more proactive. Legislative body is inherently a reactive body and is a very important place," Dayton continued. "But governor is better suited for me."
Dayton also shared his thoughts on the Vikings stadium debate and jobs in Minnesota. He even endorsed his sons' new restaurant, the Bachelor Farmer. Dayton also fielded questions about the state of education in Minnesota and, being a former teacher in New York City, had some strong answers covering topics from oversized classrooms to "No Child Left Behind."
"We're still a bit behind other states who are making more of a commitment to education and even though we profess in Minnesota to be committed to it, and the referendums last week showed that - with 70 percent of them passing - Minnesotans, to their enormous credit, are willing to dig into their pockets to support our schools," Dayton said.
Dayton wasn't alone Tuesday morning. His dog Itasca also sat on the set with Kim and Tim on KARE 11 Sunrise.