Two More Contenders Set To Join Dem Presidential Hunt

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and New York Senator Hillary Clinton have both made some noise in the past several days on their possible 2008 Presidential runs. Bayh, appearing Sunday morning on This Week, appeared confident and knowledgable during the interview and said the right things on an assortment of issues including Iraq withdrawal.

Tapping into the national mood of political bipartinsanship, Bayh said:

“I care deeply about the direction of the country, I don’t think we are doing enough to empower the American people to make the most of their potential and more than anything else I think we need someone who can unite the American people in the common cause of building our nation and that’s not happening in Washington today…

… (We need) someone who can unite Americans in a politics of common purpose — Democrats, Independents and Republicans,” Bayh said. “If I can be that individual, so be it.”

Bayh said he will set up an exploratory committee to assess his prospects and plans to decide over the upcoming holidays whether to seek the Democratic nomination. He will announce his decision early next year.

Clinton, who easily won re-election to a second term on Nov. 7 as a Senator in New York, “is reaching out to her colleagues in the New York delegation and asking for their advice and counsel and their support if she decides to make a run,” a top adviser, Howard Wolfson, told The Associated Press.

He noted that Clinton had said she would begin actively considering a run after the election. “That process has begun,” Wolfson said. He said he did not know when she might make a decision or set up an exploratory committee.

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack already is in the race and Retired General Wes Clark and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois are among numerous other potential rivals expected to decide within a few weeks whether to run. more

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