Carmona making rounds after announcing Senate candidacy

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona is making the rounds as he campaigns for the soon to be open Senate seat left by Senator Jon Kyl who is retiring.

Richard Carmona's campaign released a new video for his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Carmona says he had to do some heavy thinking and seek the advice of former colleagues before he made his final decision to run.

"I have worked in this community for over quarter of a century and all of these jobs as a police officer, as a professor and as a physician they said look you kind of have inside knowledge you've been to Washington you have been the Surgeon General, maybe you can help," Carmona said.

The army veteran believes that he can help.  But he knows getting elected won't be an easy process.

"I would be remiss if I didn't accept the challenge and the opportunity to at least try, having been there and having been Surgeon General of the United States and work both sides of the aisle to get successful policy moving forward that benefits the people," Carmona said.

Carmona says choosing a party to represent was difficult. Since he was hired by republican President George W. Bush as Surgeon General.

"I looked at some of the issues I have a passion for, the issue of immigration, the issue of women's rights, things like that these things resonated with me more closely with the democratic party.  To be honest with you no side was a perfect fit for me," said Dr. Richard Carmona.

His campaign says they have raised about $570,000 in in six weeks for his U.S. Senate bid.

After leaving Tucson, Carmona headed up to Phoenix to meet with voters.