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Friday, January 12, 2007

The Contenders: Christopher J. Dodd

posted by on January 12 at 12:05 PM

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

Party: Democratic

Age: 62

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.

Previously: John Edwards, John McCain, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Barack Obama, and Sam Brownback.

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Whats with the Newyt Gingrich look.

Like tweeker on South parks says


Posted by sputnik | January 12, 2007 12:12 PM

Why do you refuse to acknowlege Dennis Kucinich's candidacy, Eli? Chris Dodd is no more viable a candidate than Kucinich. You wouldn't have even posted this if he hadn't declared his candidacy just yesterday, would you? And yet you claimed in your post on Richardson that "the whole declared/undeclared thing is a bit of a charade".

What gives? Were you jilted by a Kucinich-loving hippie? Run over by a vegan? Spread the love, man.

Posted by DOUG. | January 12, 2007 12:20 PM

Doug, Doug, Doug... relax, man. Stop foaming at the mouth. Eli will get to Kucinich eventually. You'll get your chance to rave all you want then.

Meanwhile, Dodd? Clearly the most boring Democratic candidate, and probably the least well known. I fully expect him to be one of the first to drop out.

* yawn *

Posted by SDA in SEA | January 12, 2007 1:05 PM

Actually, Dennis still doesn't have a chance in 2008, even if Bush is a Liar and a Fool.

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 12, 2007 1:08 PM

"I think itís a huge mistake, this escalation."

Is it just me, or does he sound like Yoda?

Posted by kate | January 12, 2007 1:15 PM

"Huge mistake this is I think - escalation."

Posted by Aexia | January 12, 2007 1:28 PM

"Dodd will be played by actor Peter Gallagher in a film about his life."

Posted by Baxter | January 12, 2007 1:46 PM

Great site!

Posted by azazello. | January 25, 2007 6:23 AM

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