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Posted on Nov 12, 2006
Russ Feingold

While some of us are still recovering from our post-midterm hangovers, politicians already have their sights set on the 2008 presidential election.  Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) countered expectations today by announcing he would not seek his party’s nomination for president, choosing instead to focus on his work in the Senate.


In a letter posted on his political action committee’s Web site, Feingold said he was excited that Tuesday’s elections gave Democrats control of both chambers of Congress, giving them the chance to “undo much of the damage that one-party rule has done to America.”

“We can actually advance progressive solutions to such major issues as guaranteed health care, dependence on oil and our unbalanced trade policies,” he wrote.

Feingold, 53, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he realized he would be a long-shot candidate in a bid for the presidency.

He said running as an underdog appealed to him, but not the way it would “dismantle” his work in the Senate and his personal life.

An outspoken opponent of the Iraq war, the Patriot Act and other Bush administration policies, Feingold had formed his PAC, the Progressive Patriots Fund, and visited key presidential primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.


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By Paul Amigo, November 13, 2006 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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DAMN! He and Mark Warner were among my top choices.Now there is only Obama and Hillary left;may be they might make a great duo——
No,won’t work;Hillary will treat him like a kid!

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By B, November 13, 2006 at 6:47 am Link to this comment
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I do think Russ would be a good choice for pres. Better than anyone else the Dems. have to put forward in 08 (at this time anyway). Certainly far better than Hillary.

I would hate to lose him as one of our (Wisconsin’s) senators though. Our other senator Herb Kohl is not bad. Russ though has brought Wisconsin honor (still making up for McCarthy….) in my eyes. Of course, I’d vote for him as pres. (wouldn’t for Hillary). With what our prospects are for 2008 I may just be voting for Nader(independent) though….


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By GW=MCHammered, November 12, 2006 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment
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Such a shame. Our nation cries out for self-directed thinkers at the top, as opposed to the seemingly intrepid. Perhaps 2012, Mister Feingold?

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By lumstruck, November 12, 2006 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment
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Truly sad. It could have been like RFK running again but not to be. My attention now goes to Wesley Clark…

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