2008 Quick Hits
- Dem Tom Vilsack gave his first major interview as a presidential candidate to George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" today, not really accomplishing much beyond improving name recognition. Once again, he's got a good background story, but not much else. No substance.
- However, Vilsack did just announce that he will raise $1 million for his fledgling campaign by the end of the year. And Vilsack also gained the endorsement and exuberant backing of Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, an important feat. - "When Tom Vilsack gets out there on that road...people are going to see what we've seen...You are at the beginning of a very successful campaign for the next president of the United States." - But not a remarkable one, considering that Harkin is an Iowa Sen. and he went on the road in IA for the drastically unsuccessful Dean campaign in the '04 caucuses. Vilsack will have to pick up more substantial non-Iowan names to be considered a major player.
- Hillary Clinton is "actively considering" an impending presidential run for '08, according to one of her many advisers. - "As Sen. Clinton said, she was going to begin actively considering a presidential run after the election. That process has begun," said Howard Wolfson. - She is no doubt pressing for attention after the early Vilsack entry.