Sunday, February 24, 2008

Friday, February 23, 2007

Thank You from Tom Vilsack

Tom Vilsack has issued the following statement which confirms that he will be withdrawing from the race for the Democratic nomination for President. Vilsack clearly explains that the reason is money - it would be increasingly difficult to compete with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Thank You

"I am very fortunate -- blessed in love, family, friends, job, and by this campaign.

That is why this morning after discussing with my wife, Christie, and our sons, Jess and Doug, we have decided to end our campaign for the presidency.

The truth is we have everything to win the nomination and general election -- everything except money.

I want to thank everyone for all of their support, hard work, and kinds words over the past few months. Christie and I appreciate everything everyone has done for us.

My heart tells me to stay and continue fighting for the values we share and believe -- but I cannot continue campaigning with the expectation of raising hundreds of millions of dollars.

I am leaving one campaign but I am not saying goodbye. I will continue to fight for the outsiders and the underdogs who are the backbone of the Democratic Party and our country. And I will continue to fight for an end to the war, achieve energy security and get our country back on track. So stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

I am proud of the ideas that we have presented, and I am proud of the work that we have already done. And I urge you to continue fighting for the issues that we care so deeply about.

Our ideas will not be forgotten, and I will continue advocating for immediately bringing our troops home from Iraq. It’s the only action we can take that will truly help our country.

Again, thank you for everything and stay tuned. Our fight for a better America is far from over."

Vilsack Expected to Withdraw from Race

According to campaign sources, Tom Vilsack will be withdrawing from the race for the Democratic Nomination for President.

Vilsack will be holding a press conference this morning, 11.30 CST to make the announcement.

It is understood that Vilsack has struggled to compete with the better known candidates, Clinton, Obama and Edwards. Even in Iowa, his home state, he is well behind in the polls.

Vilsack was considered by John Kerry as a Vice Presidential candidate in 2004 before opting for John Edwards.

His decision to withdraw now could keep him in contention as a VP candidate in 2008.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tom Vilsack Does Leno

Tom Viksack got a boost for his campaign for the nomination on Thursday night, with an appearance on Jay Leno's tonight show.

Also appearing on the show was actor Jim Carrey.

Vilsack responded to concerns that he wasn't very well known, saying that he wasn't a rock star, he was rock solid. He also spoke of his energy plan and his intentions to pull the troops out of Iraq.

He also took part in a skit with an NBC security guard, who wouldn't let Vilsack onto the set because he didn't recognise him. An appearance on the biggest talk show in America will go some of the way to alleviating that problem.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Vilsack On Fox

Tom Vilsack has been on the Fox News Network twice in the last week, to talk about his campaign for the Democratic Nomination. Last week he was on Hannity and Colmes. Earlier this week he was also on Fox and Friends.

Vilsack says that he intends to win Iowa, and the polls are nothing to go by at this early stage. He said that there were a number of rock star candidates and rock solid candidates - he puts himself in the latter category.

Check out the Hannity and Colmes interview here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Vilsack Unveils Energy Plan

Tom Vilsack has unveiled a major energy plan which includes an aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by the year 2050. Vilsack was speaking in San Francisco to the Commonwealth Club last night.

In his speech, Vilsack said that energy security was the single biggest issue facing America today.

The Vilsack plan would also cap carbon dioxide emissions, force new power plants to be carbon free by 2020 and provide tax incentives for the production of ethanol.

Interestingly, Vilsack has also pledged to make his Presidential campaign the first in history to be "Carbon Neutral". The campaign will monitor Vilsack's travel, the energy used in his offices and other activities, then donate funds to a company that invests in renewable fuels.

Good to see. One wonders if other candidates might take up the same scheme.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Vilsack Challenges Obama to Debate

Tom Vilsack yesterday challenged Barack Obama to a debate in his home state of Iowa.

Vilsack will be attending the candidate's forum in Carson City, Nevada, on February 21. However, Barack Obama has decided not to attend the forum, saying that he will be campaigning in Iowa.

The forum in Carson City is being organised by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, (AFSCME), and all of the other declared candidates have agreed to participate.

Vilsack has said that the AFSCME represents workers in Iowa as well, and they would be happy to organise another forum for the debate. Vilsack has offered to fly out to Iowa after the Nevada forum to meet Obama for a debate.

Obama's campaign have thus far refused the offer.