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Tom Vilsack

Shot in the backseat of Obama's limo and thrown out along the side of the road.  The corpse is identified:  Tim Vilsack!  Out of the race on 2/23/07.

--- Quote ---Thank You

I am very fortunate -- blessed in love, family, friends, job, and by this campaign.

That is why this morning after discussing with my wife, Christie, and our sons, Jess and Doug, we have decided to end our campaign for the presidency.

The truth is we have everything to win the nomination and general election -- everything except money. 

I want to thank everyone for all of their support, hard work, and kinds words over the past few months. Christie and I appreciate everything everyone has done for us.

My heart tells me to stay and continue fighting for the values we share and believe -- but I cannot continue campaigning with the expectation of raising hundreds of millions of dollars.

I am leaving one campaign but I am not saying goodbye. I will continue to fight for the outsiders and the underdogs who are the backbone of the Democratic Party and our country. And I will continue to fight for an end to the war, achieve energy security and get our country back on track. So stay tuned, the best is yet to come.

I am proud of the ideas that we have presented, and I am proud of the work that we have already done. And I urge you to continue fighting for the issues that we care so deeply about.

Our ideas will not be forgotten, and I will continue advocating for immediately bringing our troops home from Iraq. Itís the only action we can take that will truly help our country.

Again, thank you for everything and stay tuned. Our fight for a better America is far from over.
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Rest in peace, sweet child.

President Vilsack... just saying that out loud he should have realized it would never happen.

And to think I had invested all that time in getting to know Tim, I mean Tom.


--- Quote --- Gilmore drops out of the race
By: Mike Allen
July 14, 2007 05:05 PM EST

Former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III is dropping his underdog bid for the Republican presidential nomination today, he told The Politico in an interview.

Gilmore said he has been approached about running for Virginia governor a second time, and about running for U.S. Senate if Sen. John W. Warner (R) retires. Gilmore said he will consider both options. Reflecting his long-held interest in Old Dominion politics, he said he will start a political action committee to support Republicans running for the state senate and House of Delegate.

In the interview, Gilmore said the punishing financial requirements of the early-starting race caused him to decide it was "impractical" to continue. "Because of the front-loading of the primaries, I would have basically had to stop campaigning and spend full time organizing hundreds of people to raise money for me," he said.

Gilmore's campaign issued a statement in which he said: "I have come to believe that it takes more than a positive vision for our nation's future to successfully compete for the presidency. I believe that it takes years of preparation to put in place both the political and financial infrastructure to contest what amounts to a one-day national primary in February."

Gilmore said he made the decision in the past 48 hours on the basis of "an assessment of where I could do the most good for the country and the state of Virginia." He said he has not made a decision about endorsing one of his rivals, but said he would not rule it out.

Gilmore had offered himself as the "consistent conservative" and heir to Ronald Reagan in a field that has left many Republican activists dissatisfied. He is the first GOP candidate to leave the race. He said he will continue to speak out on issues like homeland security and terrorism, subjects that he emphasized in debates.

Other candidates commanded much more cash and attention, keeping Gilmore a distant also-ran. Financial reports this weekend showed he had little hope of cracking the top tier. Gilmore raised $170,000 in the first three months of the year and said he collected $211,000 in the quarter ending June 30, while the leading candidates in the race banked millions.

In Gilmore's successful race for a four-year term for Virginia governor in 1997, he showed the popular appeal of fiscal conservativism with his "no car tax" pledge to reduce the commonwealth's personal property tax.

While in office, he served briefly as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Gilmore is a lawyer who has made counterterrorism and homeland security his specialties since leaving office. An Army veteran and son of a Safeway meat cutter, he rose as an outsider in the clubby world of Richmond law, becoming Henrico County commonwealth's attorney and state attorney general. He was the first chairman of a congressionally appointed commission on terrorism that became known as the Gilmore Commission.

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Gilmore was running?


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