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Senator Dodd, A Democrat, Announces He Will Run For President January 11, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)–Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

Dodd made the announcement on the “Imus in the Morning” show, a syndicated radio program that originates from New York radio station WFAN-AM.

“I’m going to file today formally papers of candidacy. I’m going to skip this exploratory phase that a lot of people go through and become a full-fledged candidate for the presidency,” Dodd said.

Dodd said that he came to his decision to run after talking to many, many people about their concerns.

“There’s a sense that things aren’t going as well as they should here and abroad,” Dodd said.

Dodd, 62, has served in the Senate for 25 years and is a former Democratic National Committee chairman. His father, Thomas Dodd, was also a Connecticut senator.

Dodd is chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic during the 1960s. He is a leading voice in the Senate on Latin American issues. He is also known for his work on health care and children’s issues.

Dodd will travel late Thursday to Iowa, which will host the first presidential nominating caucus next January. He heads to South Carolina, an early primary state, on Sunday.

Dodd voted in 2002 to authorize military intervention in Iraq, but has become an outspoken critic of the war and now calls his vote a mistake. He has said he would oppose an escalation of U.S. forces in Iraq and has said Congress should consider withholding funding for such a troop increase.


1. Risky Scheme - January 15, 2007

Senator Dodd A Democrat Announces He Will Run For President

According to USA Today, Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) has officially announced his candidacy for President. Does he have any real chance? I don’t think so. I’m not even sure what he hopes to get out of a campaign, a book deal maybe to ease…

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