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Monday, December 04, 2006

Radio Iowa blog: Daschle out, Bayh in

Excerpted from this post at Radio Iowa blog
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh said today on ABC's This Week with George that he will be forming an "exploratory committee" this week and will likely formally enter the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination this spring. Bayh, by the way, will be in Des Moines on Monday to speak at a Des Moines Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle, the former Leader of Democrats in the U.S. Senate, told a pack of reporters in South Dakota on Saturday that he would not run. ... On Saturday night, Senator Tom Harkin seemed to be giving a signal of sorts to all the senators who are thinking of running for president (Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Evan Bayh, John Kerry, Joe Biden -- and that's just Harkin's fellow Democrats, not including former Senator John Edwards). During remarks at the Vilsack for president "gala" in Des Moines, Harkin appeared to discount the chance that the next president will come from the U.S. Senate. "You know, the people of this country elect governors to be president, not senators. When you think about it, it's governors that become President of the United States," Harkin said. "Now, senators are long as we remember our place."

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