Joe Biden (DE):
Senate office, Committee
on Foreign Relations, Biden04.com
(unofficial site), Citizens for Biden
...on August 11, 2003
Former Sen. Bill Bradley (D):
Rep. Marcy Kaptur: U.S.
House office Bills (Thomas)-107th-106th
Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA):
for Vilsack-Pederson (2002 re-election)
Governor Roy Barnes (D-GA):
Governor's office, Barnes
for Governor (2002 re-election)
Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN):
Senate office, Democratic Leadership
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY):
Clinton's repeated disavowals of interest did not discourage conservative-leaning
commentators from conjuring up scenarios of how she would enter the race;
NewsMax.com's Carl Limbacher even penned a 288-page book, HILLARY'S
SCHEME: Inside the Next Clinton's Ruthless Agenda to Take the White House
(Crown Forum, July 2003). Neither did they discourage admirers such
as Adam Parkhomenko, who on September 16, 2003 filed with the FEC to establish
a Draft Hillary 2004 for President Committee and also launched a website.
Carl Limbacher. July 2003. HILLARY'S SCHEME: Inside the Next Clinton's Ruthless Agenda to Take the White House. Crown Forum.
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
June 9, 2003. LIVING HISTORY. Simon & Schuster.
Beth J. Harpaz. October 2001. THE GIRLS IN THE VAN: Covering Hillary. St. Martin's Press.
Michael Tomasky. February
2001. HILLARY'S TURN: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate
Campaign. Free Press.
Governor Gray Davis (D-CA):
Governor Gray Davis Committee (2002 re-election)
Electricity blackouts and soaring energy prices in 2000 and early 2001 hit Davis hard and continue to have lingering effects. The state's budget surplus turned into huge deficit, prompting sharp cuts in spending, as well as an automatic increase in the sales tax and pointed criticism from Republicans.
Davis is a formidable fundraiser; he spent almost $78 million on his
2002 re-election campaign. Davis faced only token Democratic opposition
in the March 5, 2002 primary. Nonetheless the Davis campaign spent
as much as $10 million to run a television ad campaign which effectively
undercut former Los Angeles mayor Dick Riordan, the favored and more moderate
Republican candidate (for example, by questioning his inconsistency on
the issue of a woman's right to choose). These ads paved the way
for conservative businessman Bill Simon, Jr., to win the Republican primary.
Effectively Davis chose his own opponent. Davis defeated Simon on
November 5, 2002 by 47.4 percent to 42.4 percent; in an indication of Californians'
discontent with the negative tenor of the campaign, four third party candidates
combined for 10.2 percent of the vote.
Former Sen. Bob
Kerrey (NE): New
Despite McCain's statement, above, some people persisted in speculating that the maverick Arizona Senator could challenge Bush again, possibly even making the switch to the Democratic Party. In April 2002, not one, but two major articles in opinion magazines suggested precisely that. In a Washington Monthly cover story, editor Joshua Green presented the argument for "Why Democrats should draft John McCain in 2004--and why he should let them," and in the April 29 The New Republic, senior editor Jonathan Chait argued that, "John McCain ought to become a Democrat--and a presumptive front-runner for the party's presidential nomination in 2004." A variation on the theme suggested that McCain might join Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as his running mate (see for example Jonathan Miles' profile in the August 2002 Men's Journal).
Whether the Straight Talk Express will ride again, at least on the road to the White House, is doubtful, but in March 2002 McCain finally achieved passage of campaign finance reform legislation after a 6 1/2 year struggle. President Bush quietly signed the bill into law on March 27, 2002. McCain responded with a terse one sentence statement: "I'm pleased that President Bush has signed campaign finance reform legislation into law." With Mark Salter, McCain wrote a new book, WORTH THE FIGHTING FOR, which appeared in September 2002; he also hosted "Saturday Night Live" on October 12.
The McCain speculation would not stop. After Sen. John Kerry effectively
secured the nomination in March, the idea that Kerry might tap him to form
a dream team or a unity ticket resurfaced despite the two men's significant
differences on a number of issues. On June 12 a number of news outlets
reported that Kerry had indeed discussed the notion with McCain, but that
McCain was not interested.
John McCain with Mark Salter. September 2002. WORTH THE FIGHTING FOR.
Elizabeth Drew. May 13, 2002. CITIZEN McCAIN. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Jonathan Chait. "What's in a Name? Why John McCain is the Democrats' Best Hope." The New Republic, April 29, 2002. >
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