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Monday, October 06, 2003


And then there were nine...

posted by annatopia at Monday, October 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The speculation has ended. Florida Senator Bob Graham has become the first of ten Democratic contenders to end his bid for the Presidency. Graham's departure leaves Gov Howard Dean as the only remaining candidate who served as Governor. Graham had difficulty raising funds even though his resume was impressive. He sat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and cast a vote against the Iraq war, which he characterised as a distraction from the war on terror.
I'm sad to see Bob go, although it was obvious it was going to happen at some point. He's consistently held his ground in the debates and spoken eloquently about the security threats we face as Americans. His voice will be missed, and his departure has a ripple effect on many of the candidates. Who will pick up the Graham activists in Florida, where he is beloved and respected by many residents? Will Clark and/or Edwards make a more aggressive push in the south? I think Dean should seize the moment and ask for Bob's endorsement. After all, they both opposed the war for honest, legitimate reasons and they both share a common background in government. They are both well respected by their constituents and both have been a peoples' champion. How do you think Graham's departure will affect the race?

*hat tip to Barbara Callahan


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