CLINTON STATEMENT ON VILSACK WITHDRAWAL
Following is a statement released today by Senator Hillary Clinton:
“I have been proud to work with Tom Vilsack for years on the challenges facing our country, and I have a deep admiration for both Tom and Christie.
“Tom has made Iowa a leader in renewable energy and created thousands of jobs as one of America's great governors. We share a passion for protecting America’s young people through expanded health care options, early childhood education initiatives and opening the doors to higher education to every American.
“I know he will continue to contribute to the dialogue about how to
move America forward.”
From John Edwards' campaign
Statement On Announcement By Governor Tom Vilsack That He Will No Longer Pursue The Democratic Nomination For President
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Senator John Edwards released the following statement today about the announcement by Governor Tom Vilsack that he will no longer seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2008.
"Tom Vilsack is a terrific human being and one of the genuine treasures
of our Party, so it is our loss more than his that he has chosen to end
his campaign for president. His record as a leader on critical issues
including education, health care, and energy independence makes one thing
very clear: Tom has never forgotten where he came from or the people he
serves. He is a powerful voice for the people of Iowa and America,
and I am proud to call him a friend. Elizabeth and I wish Tom, Christie
and their entire family the very best life can offer and look forward to
working with them in the years ahead to build a country that lives up to
its great promise."
OBAMA STATEMENT ON FORMER GOVERNOR TOM VILSACK'S ANNOUNCEMENT
DES MOINES - U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today released the following statement on former Governor Tom Vilsack's announcement:
"Tom Vilsack is an outstanding public servant whose initiatives in Iowa
on education reform, health care and alternative energy are models from
which our entire nation can learn. More than that, Tom brings a badly
needed sense of honor and decency to our politics, and a passionate advocacy
for an end to the war in Iraq. I hope he will continue to speak out
in the months and years to come, as his is an important and valued voice."
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Statement on Former Governor Tom Vilsack’s Decision to Withdraw From Democratic Presidential Race
SANTA FE, NM- New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today issued the following statement regarding former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s announcement that he is withdrawing from the race for the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination:
“While I respect and understand Tom’s decision, he will be missed from
the campaign. He is a good friend, and a man of integrity and tremendous
ability. As Governor, Tom accomplished a great deal for the people
of Iowa. He was a leader among Governors as a former Chair of the
Democratic Governor’s Association, and I know that he will continue to
be a strong force in the national Democratic Party.”
Statement from IDP Chair Scott Brennan on the Announcement on Former Governor Vilsack Dropping Out of Presidential Race
DES MOINES – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan issued the following statement in response to former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack dropping out of the presidential race:
“I want to commend former Governor Vilsack for entering the presidential
race. He showed to the country what this state has known all along
that he is a great leader and a role model for all Americans. He
demonstrated on the national stage the values that all Iowans are proud
of. We thank him for his service to our state as State Senator and
Governor, and we will continue to seek his counsel as an Iowa and national
NHDP CHAIR STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR VILSACK'S WITHDRAWAL FROM PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Frontloading of Primary Calendar Continues to Prohibits Smaller, Qualified Candidates from Having Chance to Compete
CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan issued the following statement today after learning that Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has withdrawn from the 2008 Presidential contest.
"The field of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination shrunk yet again today with Governor Tom Vilsack's departure. We still continue to hear nothing from either Party's leadership on what will be done to stop the frontloading of the Primary calendar so candidates can have a chance to raise the funds they need," said Sullivan. "How many qualified and dynamic leaders do we have to lose in this race before something is done?"
"The Governor and his family spent a lot of time talking to and meeting
people all across New Hampshire not only embracing our grassroots process
but thriving in it," said Sullivan. "Governor Vilsack has spent his
career fighting for the values and ideals of hard working families in his
home state of Iowa and across the country. He possesses the wisdom, experience
and optimism that would make a great President. We will miss him."
Senator John Kerry on Tom Vilsack’s Announcement
Below is a statement by Senator John Kerry on today’s announcement by Tom Vilsack:
“Tom and Christie should be very proud of the contribution they’ve made
and will continue to make to the national debate and to the Democratic
Party. From day one Tom ran a campaign that helped put Iraq and energy
independence front and center. It’s no surprise that Tom emerged
early as a powerful ‘ideas candidate’, which is exactly what he did as
a governor leading on big ideas and pushing the curve of innovation.
They’re great leaders, great activists, and great friends. Teresa
and I congratulate Tom and his family, and know he will continue to fight
for big ideas that work for all Americans, in 2008 and in the years to