December 13, 2006

Decision 2008, Candidates Profles: Tom Vilsack announcement, not shaking up the political landscape yet

Posted in Decision 2008, political satire at 11:47 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

ph2006020600587.jpgby Paula Berrer

Newly declared Democratic Presidential candidate tom Vilsack, former governor of Iowa, has had little effect on the races dynamic so far. The non-partisan Puddylsky poll showed Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Gore, and John Edwards leading the pack with 41%, 21% 20% 18%, respectively, before Vilsack’s announcement. After his announcement, those numbers were 41%, 21% 20.5% and 18%, with all others claiming less than 1% support. The Iowa caucuses are the first of the 2008 primaries, but in Iowa, the numbers are 41%, 21% 20% and 17%, with all other registering at just under 1%.

“I’ll be frank with you,” said one associate, “I’m not sure if even his wife has heard of this guy. But word is, he’s a hell of a campaigner. A guy doesn’t get elected Governor of Iowa more than one year in a row without having serious ‘fire in the belly.’ So I wouldn’t count him out yet.”

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