Friday, February 23, 2007

Tom Vilsack drops out of 08 race

This is good news for the GOP. Vilsack could have played the outsider card effectively as a governor (4 of our last 5 presidents) and had some appeal in the Midwest. I think he could have been a strong candidate down the road. Luckily for us and unfortunately for him, he's back in the pack behind a couple of senators (a sitting senator hasn't won since 1960). The interesting part about this is that with Iowa's momentum, who will the Vilsack supports now support? Hillary "Socialize health care" Clinton? "No guts" award winner Barack Obama? Or another darkhorse such as John Edwards or Bill Richardson.

From reuters/Wa. Post

Democrat Vilsack drops White House bid

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, dropped his longshot 2008 White House bid on Friday because he could not keep pace with his big-name rivals in raising funds.

"It's really about money," Vilsack said at his Des Moines headquarters as he shut down a 3-month-old campaign operation.

Vilsack faced an uphill struggle competing in the Democratic presidential race against a heavyweight field led by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the former first lady, and rising star Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

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