Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd made a good impression on Florida Democratic Party activists Saturday in his first major appearance since announcing he'll explore a 2008 White House run.
Was Dodd impressive enough to be considered for president?
"Oh God, yes!" said Casey O'Harra, 65, who chairs the Lake County Democrats. "I would definitely be able to support him as president."
Jacqulyn Mack, 36, of Sarasota said she likes New York Sen. Hillary Clinton but questions whether she can win the presidency and would love to see a run by former Vice President Al Gore...
But she can see herself supporting Dodd because he is electable. "I've got my options wide open," she said. "I want somebody that's going to win. Senator Dodd's history and his experience and his background give him a great deal of appeal to people across the political spectrum."
"I haven't thought about Dodd that much," said Pat Hogan, the Highlands County Democratic chair. "I probably will. It was a great speech." (AP)
Dodd does give a good, passionate, rousing speech.
Is he electable? I have no idea. The dynamics of 2008 are still taking shape. It's funny, but people in Connecticut are sort of bemused by the idea of a Dodd run. No one really seems all that excited, or that confident of his lifespan as a candidate. But maybe people in other parts of the country will see him differently. We'll see.
"POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Dodd impresses Florida Democrats as he explores White House run." Associated Press 22 July, 2006.