Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Kerry to Bow Out of '08 Presidential Race - Say It Ain't So John

It's with a very heavy heart that I write here on The Democratic Daily that John Kerry will announce today that he will not run for president in '08. Many of our readers are staunch Kerry supporters who have given their all to the hope that Kerry would run. I respect John Kerry's decision, but simply have to say... Please, say it ain't so John.

The word came a short time ago via Kerry's press office forwarding this article from Rick Klein of the Boston Globe:

Kerry to bow out of '08 presidential race
By Rick Klein, Globe Staff | January 24, 2007

WASHINGTON --Senator John F. Kerry plans to announce today that he is bowing out of the 2008 presidential race, and will instead remain in Congress and seek reelection to his Senate seat next year, according to senior Democratic officials.

Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, plans to say he will remain in the Senate to recommit himself to efforts to extricate the United States from the war in Iraq. His decision to stay out of the presidential race reflects a realization that he would have had an uphill climb in capturing the Democratic nomination, given the other party heavyweights who are already in the race, according to the officials, who spoke to the Globe on condition of anonymity.

Kerry plans to make his plans known with a speech on the Senate floor this afternoon, and is taping a message to e-mail his supporters to explain his decision.

Kerry, the party's 2004 presidential nominee, has been acting like a 2008 candidate virtually since he lost to President Bush -- traveling the country, spreading money to other Democratic candidates, and keeping in place a campaign infrastructure that was ready for another presidential bid.

But according to Kerry associates, the senator's plans changed dramatically in the fallout of his election-eve "botched joke" about the education levels of US troops. The harsh reaction to that incident -- from many Democrats as well as Republicans -- displayed to Kerry the extreme skepticism within his own party about whether he should mount another run.

And, with polls giving front-runner status to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, Kerry realized that he would face formidable adversaries in the quest for the Democratic nomination. Clinton, Obama, and a host of other candidates have been busily hiring campaign operatives and signing up key fund-raisers in recent weeks.

On Iraq, Kerry has emerged as a fierce war critic after initially supporting the invasion of Iraq. He has spoken of his war opposition in a similar vein to his efforts to bring the Vietnam War to a conclusion in the early 1970s.

Kerry's announcement freezes in place the various Democratic aspirants to his Senate seat. Massachusetts hasn't had a vacant Senate seat since 1984 -- when Kerry himself won his first six-year-term -- and several members of the state's all-Democratic congressional delegation have expressed interest in running for the Senate if Kerry retired.

2 Comments:

Blogger BobsAdvice said...

Pamela,

I am delighted to have shared the opportunity of working hard to advance Senator Kerry's Presidential aspirations. I share your disappointment both for him and for the loss the nation has just incurred. It never was about a lack of charisma, Kerry has an abundance of it. It was never about being a flip-flopper, Kerry has been able to make important decisions when the times required it. It wasn't anything except the reluctance of fellow Democrats to climb aboard, lacking the spine to support a great politician because he had been victimized by the right-wing smear machine.

Kerry on! You are much appreciated and respected by all of us fellow Kerry supporters!

Bob Freedland

8:33 PM  
Anonymous KayInMaine said...

Why is it politicians lose their real voice when they're running for president or office? Why!!! If John Kerry had been speaking the way he did after telling us he is dropping out of the race, he would be president right now.

He would have made a terrific president. I wish ALL politicians on both sides of the aisle would have the guts and courage to stand up against Bush and his horrible policies and just do what's right for the country, rather than fearing they'll lose their jobs.

Now that Kerry is out, however, we will be hearing a lot more from him which is terrific. He'll be able to tell it like it is and not have to worry about anything.

11:12 AM  

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