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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Feingold Declines To Run In '08

To much surprise, Russ Feingold WILL NOT be running for President in 2008. Although Feingold would likely have received much netroots support, this may be a good decision. With control of both the House and Senate, we need as many Progressive voices as possible on Capitol Hill. Feingold's seniority on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Judiciary, and Budget Committees is also a bonus. Check out a snippet of Feingold's statement below...

Dear Friends and Supporters, On Sunday, November 12th in Racine, I will hold my 1000th Listening Session with the people of Wisconsin. Before reaching that milestone, I want you to know that I've decided to continue my role as Wisconsin's Junior Senator in the U.S. Senate and not to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2008....

Yet, while I've certainly enjoyed the repeated comments or buttons saying, "Run Russ Run", or "Russ in '08", I often felt that if a piece of Wisconsin swiss cheese had taken the same positions I've taken, it would have elicited the same standing ovations. This is because the hunger for progressive change we feel is obviously not about me but about the desire for a genuinely different Democratic Party that is ready to begin to reverse the 25 years of growing extremism we have endured.

I'm sure a campaign for President would have been a great adventure and helpful in advancing a progressive agenda. At this time, however, I believe I can best advance that progressive agenda as a Senator with significant seniority in the new Senate serving on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Judiciary and Budget Committees. Although I have given it a lot of thought, I cannot muster the same enthusiasm for a race for President while I am trying simultaneously to advance our agenda in the Senate. In other words, if I really wanted to run for President, regardless of the odds or other possible candidates, I would do so. However, to put my family and all of my friends and supporters through such a process without having a very strong desire to run, seems inappropriate to me. And, yes, while I would strongly prefer that our nominee in 2008 be someone who had the judgment to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning, I am prepared to work as hard as I can through the Progressive Patriots Fund, and consistent with my duties in the Senate, to maintain or increase our gains from November 7 in the Congress and, of course, to elect a Democrat as President in 2008.


Blogger Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Well, now I'm more convinced than ever that we should draft Bill Moyers. Feingold was the only progressive peace candidate to talk about running to date. Hillary still hasn't apologized for voting for the war, nor backed any plan for getting us out. Maybe Al Gore will run.

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