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Sunday, April 03, 2005

2008 Presidential Campaign

Posted by Bob Brigham


WASHINGTON - Politicians invariably answer the question about presidential ambitions by saying it's too early. Or they're too busy to be thinking about running. Or they're too focused on being re-elected senator or House member or governor. Don't believe them.

While sidestepping the question, they're often hiring consultants and visiting places like Iowa and New Hampshire.

No one has announced his or her candidacy for the White House in 2008, but there's plenty of speculation about who might run. Of course, no potential presidential candidates let on that they're after the top job. [...]

Some politicians don't bother to try to quash rumors that they might run.

"One of the issues is whether saying that you're in the running for the White House compromises your current position," said political scientist Charles Franklin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "For some, it doesn't matter."

So, for example, when Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., was asked by a TV reporter early this year if he would "rule out" running for president in 2008, he responded, "Why rule it out?"

So who is running for President in 2008?

It is hard to tell, but we might as well start keeping score. Here are some names I've heard, please add in the comments anyone who should be included who I've left out. Since we have around 1,000 days until most people start paying attention, we'll have plenty of time to examine them all.

2008 Presidential candidates - Democrats;

  • Evan Bayh
  • Joe Biden
  • Barbara Boxer
  • Wesley Clark
  • Hillary Clinton
  • John Edwards
  • Russ Feingold
  • Al Gore
  • John Kerry
  • Gavin Newsom
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Richardson
  • Brian Schweitzer
  • Tom Vilsack
  • Mark Warner

2008 Presidential candidates - Republicans:

  • George Allen
  • Haley Barbour
  • Jeb Bush
  • Dick Cheney
  • Bill Frist
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Chuck Hagel
  • John McCain
  • Bill Owens
  • George Pataki
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Mitt Romney
  • Rich Santorum
  • Randall Terry

Posted at 03:13 PM in 2008 Election - President, 2008 President - Democrats, 2008 President - Republicans | Technorati


Don't forget everyone's favorite Crazy Kansan Sam Brownback. He's made recent trips to NH and Iowa and has told media that he is considering his options.

I have a new blog set up, The Anti-Sam to keep tabs on Brownback.

Posted by: KansasNate [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 4, 2005 01:01 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

There is a Kansas Democrat that gives me the warm tinglies...Dennis Moore is a moderate Democrat and a fiscal conservative, and he is quietly becoming more visible on the national stage. He was behind the increase in death benefits for veterans who die in a war zone...He consistently defeats "Golden-Boy" Republican challengers in the most Republican district this side of the California 47th. He cut his teeth as a tough but fair prosecutor in Johnson County Kansas. The KS Third is VERY VERY RED!!! I expounded on this in detail in a post a couple of weeks ago on my site, (bluegalinaredstate.blogspot.com) The only Dems who can win the presidency have to be from Red states. Dennis Moore has the looks, the charisma, and the record to run on. Check him out! I hope he makes a run for it. Hillary might pull out a victory, but it was set us back so far we would BEG for a repeat 1994, then she would lose reelection to Jeb "the Dimmer Bulb" Bush in 2012. She needs to bide her time for a Democratic president and Senate, and a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Posted by: Left of Liberal [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 4, 2005 01:27 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Why in the world would you put Randall Terry on this list? He couldn't get elected as town dog catcher. I find it a bit disingenuous to include him on this list. Why not include Michael Moore or Gore Vidal?

Posted by: Dignan [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 4, 2005 03:06 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

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Posted by: demagend [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 5, 2005 11:24 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment