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2007/1/20-26 [Politics/Domestic/President/Clinton] UID:45562 Activity:nil
1/20    "I'm in to win" - Hillary Clinton
        http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/20/clinton.announcement/index.html
        \_ Thank you, Goog^H^H^H^H MOTD News. Now what else do you have to
           say about it?
        \_ Dang it, I was hoping she was smart enough to stay out of it.  Can't
           stop that ego I guess.
           \_ I'm not running for president.  Does that make me smart?
              \_ Only as smart as John Kerry:
                 http://preview.tinyurl.com/ywk3g8 (nytimes.com)
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Most Popular Hillary Clinton launches White House bid: 'I'm in' Story Highlights Sen. Barack Obama welcomes Clinton's entry Clinton's announcement comes days after Obama launched his bid Clinton is considered the front-runner She wants troop cap in Iraq, more focus on Afghanistan Adjust font size: Decrease font Decrease font Enlarge font Enlarge font WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton jumped into the fray as a 2008 presidential candidate with the words "I'm in" posted on her Web site. "And I'm in to win," she added in a statement, announcing she has set up an exploratory committee that can gauge opinions and raise money for a presidential campaign. Clinton's announcement comes on the same day that the next president will be inaugurated two years down the road: January 20, 2009. The former first lady and Democratic senator from New York is considered her party's front-runner in what has become a diverse Democratic field. 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John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who narrowly lost the presidency to George Bush in 2004, announced today that he would not proceed with a second bid for the White House because he preferred to use his position in the new Senate majority to press for an end to American involvement in Iraq. Ive concluded that this isnt the time for me to mount a presidential campaign. It is the time to put my energy to work as part of the majority of he Senate and do all I can to end the war. Mr Kerrys announcement of his political plans, if unveiled in an unorthodox place, was not a surprise, notwithstanding his early statements that he would run again for the White House. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who got into the race over the past week. Many Democrats had said they expected Mr Kerry would ultimately decide not to run after assessing how much strength he had in his party; as it is, most of his aides from the 2004 campaign have moved on. Still, his decision sent ripples across the political waters, answering one more question about what the final Democratic field might look like. More than that, it appeared to bring to completion a candidacy that for Mr Kerry never completely ended after Election Day in 2004. That day began with exit polls showing him heading for a resounding win aides were addressing him as Mr President and ended with him making a concession call to Mr Bush. That experience, friends said, left Mr Kerry bitter and frustrated and eager for a rematch. Fitting enough, he used his time on the Senate floor today to deliver a 30-minute speech that recounted his own history as a Vietnam veteran who returned from war nearly 40 years ago to become an opponent of the conflict. His voice cracking with emotion, he drew frequent contrasts between the two wars as he made a case against Mr Bushs foreign policy in the Middle East and said that he thought he had a responsibility to make sure that the next president did not have to deal with cleaning up this war. The fact is, what happens here in the next two years may irrevocably shape or terribly distort the administration of whichever candidate is next elected president, he said, adding: I dont want the next president to find that they have inherited a nation still divided and a policy destined to end as Vietnam did. Joseph Biden of Delaware, said: My initial reaction to Senator Kerrys decision is one of extreme sadness. John Kerry is a major voice in American politics and the country would be much better off today if he were President. Mr Kerry, 63, intends to run for a fifth term in the Senate in 2008, an aide said. The senator, in his rounds around the country since the election, has argued that he came close to winning in 2004 and would be a better candidate, with extra experience, in 2008. Mr Kerry had turned his attention to the 2008 presidential race almost from the moment he conceded defeat to Mr Bush in November 2004. After being daunted in the 2004 race as being equivocal on the war in Iraq, he had emerged as one of his partys leading opponents to the war, and had renounced his original support for the war resolution that caused him so many problems in the last election. But Mr Kerry faced severe obstacles in trying to capture his partys nomination for a second time. For one thing, many of his supporters had made clear that they would not join him again should he try to run, with many blaming him for making mistakes in 2004 that cleared the way for Mr Bush to win even as he was saddled with an unpopular war and a public that had turned largely against him. John Edwards, the former senator of North Carolina, who has also been running since 2004 but has by all appearances done a much better job than Mr Kerry of disassociating himself from their failed campaign. But Mr Kerrys hopes for a resurrection were probably most damaged by what he said was a botched joke told while campaigning on behalf of congressional candidates in the final week of 2006 race. Republicans seized on what he said was a dropped word to try to say he had delivered a joke at the expense of American troops fighting in Iraq. Mr Kerry responded by getting off the campaign trail and out of public view, at the urging of Democrats who thought that the White House might use this last-minute blunder to try to turn the campaign back to their advantage. For many Democrats, the remark was a reminder of instances of ineptness by Mr Kerry as a campaigner, including his often troubled attempts to explain his changing views on the war in Iraq. Most famously, he said that he voted for an $87 billion war appropriation before I voted against it, a piece of videotape that Republicans quickly turned into a defining caricature of the Democratic candidate. Tips To find reference information about the words used in this article, hold down the ALT key and click on any word, phrase or name. A new window will open with a dictionary definition or encyclopedia entry.
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