Saturday, July 22, 2006

Dodd Impresses in Florida

I suppose getting people to like you in Florida isn't a bad start:
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.

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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.

Source

"POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Dodd impresses Florida Democrats as he explores White House run." Associated Press 22 July, 2006.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

People take him seriously?? That's amazing. He has been on the Sunday morning talk show circuit though a lot over the past few years. But he's a 30 yr, senior member of the senate... his record of partisanship is way too long. Only governors can say "i had to decide for what was best for the people." 30 yrs in the senate will give him a record that leaves him in Kerry's shoes. too many flip flops... whether legitimate or not.

BRubenstein said...

Senator Dodd plans to come back from Florida and campaign for his pal Joementum....every day that he does this less and less home folks will support him....

Dodd is a moderate..like Hillery clinton and many of the others planning to run...why buy him when hillery clinton has 10 times the money and strength...you would think he would at least THINK about running a different kind of race...

GMR said...

How is Dodd a moderate? What's your definition of moderate? Dodd is one of the most liberal senators.

His ACU Rating is 8. That means that for every 25 votes, there are 2 that a large conservative organization agrees with, and 23 it disagrees with.

Moderate Democrats could include Lincoln (21), Pryor (25), Salazar (28), Nelson of Florida (41), Bayh (21), Landrieu (20), Conrad (20), Tim Johnson (20), and Byrd (30). Dodd belongs to the liberal wing of the Democrat party.

Nelson of Nebraska, with a 53 rating, could perhaps be called a conservative Democrat.

BRubenstein said...

GMR...compared to finegold...and others Dodd is a moderate...

Rell is going down said...

If you are a Democrat and you live in CT, you better be supportive of Chris Dodd. Does loyalty mean nothing?? Dodd has been an outstanding Senator for us, nothing less. Hillary Clinton has a 0% chance of bing our next president. What red state is going to vote for a liberal woman? Pennsylvania?? Not a chance. Ohio? Less of a chance. We are lucky to have a senator like Chris Dodd. I know this website is full of cynicism. But if we are going to stand for something, why not show the rest of the country that we are Dems, and that we can deliver a candidate that is not full of shit???

cgg said...

Hillary isn't that liberal politically. She seems to hold far more appeal with NY moderate Dems than liberals. Also I'm not entirely convinced that she wants to run.

As for loyalty to Dodd, at present he refuses to say if he'll endorse the winner of next month's primary. I don't object to him running, but I also don't think CT Democrats owe him any particular loyalty.

Personally I don't want to see another former Senator run for president, especially one that's served more than one or two terms. Senators don't seem to come off well as leaders. The one exception to this would be Obama.

Anonymous said...

Rell is going down ....I agree that all Dem's should support Dodd but why wouldn't Republicans support somebody from their own state as well? It would be great for all of us to have a President with such close ties to Connecicut.

BRubenstein said...

Actually many of us believe that both Dodd and Hillery are moderates...both voted for the war...patriot act...etc...perhaps 10 years ago both were progressives...but no lomger...

Why support Dodd when Hillery Clinton has far more support and money...Dodd doesnt offer us anything that she can't..and that is his problem. This appears to be a Dodd vanity race.

Another thing about Dodd...he hasnt stated he will support the winner of the primary...and has said he will support Joementum to the end....where is Dodd's party loyalty? This blind support of Joe will cost Dodd big time in his presidential race...

In order for Dodd to have any chance at all, he has to run a different way then as he has been, which i doubt he has the temperment or stomach to do.

ProgCT said...

I like Senator Dodd. I really do. But I will support Russ Feingold in '08 because he would make the best POTUS. =)

BRubenstein said...

GC....right now there is a way we could "test case" both primaries as to the candidates chances of winning...if all the candidates are running an effective AB program then they know their AB count statewide, day to day...if the campaigns would release their numbers to you today or monday and you posted them we could have an idea of the effectiveness of the campaign's organizational field work,and their numbers. Of course they wont do this.

Another thing that can be done is..pick a town...go to the dem registrar and get a copy of the ballot apps and cross index the circulators to find out which campaign they are from...and then you could deduce the AB number from that town to determine the relative field strentgh of the campaigns to the town, in order to determine the overall AB effectiveness of the campaign....and it would get you some preliminary numbers, wouldnt it?

drex3 said...

I hadn't noticed this video before. On Face the Nation, Chris Dodd said Democrats should not pledge to support the Democratic nominee and to do so "undermines Joe Lieberman's ability to win on August 8th."

Dodd: The issue of what happens on August 9th - well, we'll get to that point if we get there. I hope we don't. But I don't believe in necessarily answering questions that are not relevant yet. So I respect those who have taken the position that they're going to support whoever the nominee is. My own view is while their intentions may be otherwise, I think that undermines Joe Lieberman's ability to win on August 8th by suggesting somehow they're going to move in that direction. I'll take a position on August 9th if I have to. The most important question is - can Joe Lieberman be re-nominated on August 8th and I hope he is.

BRubenstein said...

GC...you could also check the " u to d" programs also by calling the reg of voters of towns and asking them for the mumbers of the changes from u to d...and assume most will be going to lamont..and extrapolate those numbers statewide to get and idea of the totals...

FatGuyinMiddleSeat said...

I'm on record (1986) as having backed Chris Dodd to lead the Sandanistas.

Seriously, Dodd's a good guy. But there's no justification for this other than being able to have a collection of campaign buttons.

I thought he might be running for Veep- but he'd be a lousy choice. A Senator, a dull debater (although tell that to Brooks Johnson!), from a state you don't need.

RellisGoingDown, don't confuse loyalty with wasted effort. If the Dodd is the answer...what's the question? Many Republicans would like to see Newt enter the race because he will change the debate- not because he will win. Many Dems last time around liked to see Wesley Clark in there, because it inserted a certain voice into the debate.

What does Chris Dodd bring? I like the guy- but he has no new ideas, no unique experience, nothing.

Although, in the Nevada primary, his impeccable Spanish (and it is impeccable), could win some corazones.