Sunday, December 03, 2006

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.


At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Five years ago I interviewed Tom Vilsack on a Walk Across Iowa. It is the second interview on Episode 59 of "Perils For Pedestrians", now available on Google Video at:

Contents of Episode 59 (2001):
--A new safety device for transit buses.
--Governor Vilsack walks across Iowa.
--The Fifth Annual Native American Lifesavers Conference in Bismarck, ND.
--Pedestrians form 25 percent of traffic fatalities in Indian Country.
--Bike-Walk Virginia meets in Charlottesville, VA.
--An old pedestrian mall is seeing new life in Charlottesville, VA.
--The League of American Bicyclists hosts a legislative summit in Washington, DC.
--The Thunderhead Alliance promotes local bicycle advocacy.

Thank you.

John Z Wetmore


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