Daschle Aims to Stay Engaged
Former Senate minority leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) isn't running for president in 2008 -- yet. "It interests me," Daschle acknowledged. "I don't have any plans to run, but I am going to keep my options open."
Tom Daschle lost his South Dakota Senate seat last year. Will the former top Senate Democrat seek the White House in 2008? (File photo)Daschle would not commit to a national race in an interview Friday at his new office at Alston & Bird in Washington, D.C. But he gave every indication that he has been thinking long and hard about a run for the White House.
Being out of the Senate, Daschle said, has given him a broader perspective on issues. "It is not uncommon for a candidate running for president to cite a bill by its cosponsored name," he said, perhaps in a subtle shot at Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D), who was accused by his detractors of constantly speaking in Senate-ese during the 2004 campaign. "That doesn't mean a thing to someone in Aberdeen, South Dakota," Daschle added
This could make things interesting in 08. I don't expect Daschle to be a threat for the nomination (compared to Hillary Clinton, Mark Warner, or Bill Richardson), but anything can happen.