Tuesday, November 14, 2006

White House Contenders Quick to Take 2008 Plunge

And you thought the campaign this year was interesting. ...
From Reuters.com
...[Arizona Senator John] McCain, [Former New York Mayor Rudy] Giuliani and [Iowa's Democratic Governor Tom] Vilsack are the front edge of an expected flurry of announcements that by mid-January could see about a dozen contenders in each party leap into the race to replace the outgoing Bush. ... For the first time since 1952, the White House race will not feature an incumbent president or a sitting vice president, making it the most wide open in decades and encouraging big fields on both sides. ... "Everybody is moving very quickly and I think for good reason," Republican Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee, another potential contender, said on Fox News. "I'll go back home, I'll think about it." ... Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California jumped in the race in October. Other Republicans pondering bids include Frist, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. ... For Democrats, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been the early leader in polls. Other Democrat senators considering runs include Barack Obama of Illinois, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Joseph Biden of Delaware and John Kerry of Massachusetts, who was the party's 2004 nominee. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, who was Kerry's running mate, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also are potential candidates.
We've only just begun.


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