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  Vilsack to launch presidential campaign today
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Last EditedCOSDem  Nov 09, 2006 12:17am
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MediaNewspaper - Des Moines Register
News DateThursday, November 9, 2006 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionTom Vilsack is running for president.

The Iowa governor plans to file papers today establishing a presidential campaign committee, formally launching his bid for the 2008 Democratic nomination.

The two-term governor, who leaves office in January, plans to announce his candidacy in his hometown Mount Pleasant on Nov. 30, before setting off on a campaign swing to early nominating states, aides said Wednesday.

The steps mark the first official moves by any among the large field of Democrats and Republicans weighing campaigns for president.

They also send a loud signal to Iowa Democrats, on whom his bid will depend, and national donors that Vilsack, one of the least-known among his party’s presidential prospects, is committed to running for president.

“I think he’s obviously been thinking very seriously about this for some time and people have been encouraging him to do it,” Jeff Link, a top political aide to Vilsack, told The Des Moines Register.

Vilsack’s decision to launch a White House campaign comes on the heels of a Democratic avalanche in Iowa on Tuesday. The party held the governorship and seized control of both houses of the legislature, a trifecta not achieved in Iowa in four decades.
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