Politics The Contenders: Christopher J. Dodd
posted by January 12 at 12:05 PMon
Sure, November 2008 is nearly two years away, but it’s apparently never too early to declare one’s intention to run for president, and thus it’s never too early to get to know the people who might be the next leader of the free world. This month we’ll be taking a brief look at them.
Christopher J. Dodd
Status: Declared on Jan. 11
Christopher J. Dodd, the senior senator from Connecticut, formally declared his candidacy for president yesterday. He immediately denounced Bush’s Iraq “surge,” saying:
I think it’s a huge mistake, this escalation.
Dodd is the son of former Connecticut Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd and a former peace corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He’s in his fifth term representing Connecticut in the Senate. Before that, he served three terms as one of the state’s Congressmen
Dodd is not seen as a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, but he’s talked of having an “itch” to run, and apparently it proved unignorable. He is fluent in Spanish, very interested in Latin American affairs, and highly opposed to U.S. policy toward Cuba.
He supported his fellow Connecticut senator, Joe Lieberman, in last year’s hot primary between Lieberman and Ned Lamont. However, after Lamont won the primary, Dodd reportedly tried to convince Lieberman to drop out of the race (advice Lieberman ignored, going on to win as an Independent).
Dodd is married to Jackie Marie Clegg, formerly of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and the couple has two daughters. The man who advised Dodd to run? Reportedly Jim Jordan, the same man who worked as John Kerry’s campaign manager.