Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the 65-year-old U.S. House Education Committee chairman, is considered in political circles as a potential contender for Senate or governor in 2014. But the popular fifth-term congressman has to fight a bit harder than he is used to in his re-election bid this year, the Associated Press reports. He faces Democrat Mike Obermueller, a 39-year-old lawyer and former state lawmaker in Minnesota's reshaped 2nd District.
Both plan to launch ads on Tuesday.
Obermueller has been targeting Kline on Medicare since last summer, MPR reports.
The race is unexpectedly lively and hinges on big questions – How should government be run? How should the nation get the economy moving? – the Pioneer Press reports.