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Fourth in Iowa, Vilsack bows out

Posted by Stephen on February 25, 2007

Former Iowa Governor, and Democratic presidential hopeful, Tom Vilsack dropped his bid for the white house stating fundraising difficulties as his primary reason. Out, but not down, Vilsack put the best face he could on what was a disappointing run.

Describing his campaign as an explorer’s voyage, Vilsack called his short time in the race “a great journey.”

“The boat was at the dock. It was ready to be launched, and what would you do? Would you just simply walk away from it, or would you get in the boat and see where it took you? Well, we got in the boat. We took a great journey. But it’s time to bring the boat back to the dock,” said Vilsack.

Vilsack, 55, cultivated a centrist image as governor, balancing the state’s budget, resisting pressure to raise taxes and chairing the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. He also emphasized increased spending on such priorities as health care, education and economic development.

Though optimistic that he could make a run at the Democratic nomination, Vilsack couldn’t get his campaign off the ground where far left heavy weights were stealing mucf of the spotlight in the early going. In his home state of Iowa, a state he had to win, the former Governor could fair no better then fourth in the latest polls behind John Edwards, Barrack Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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