Wellstone Backs Out 
On January 9, 1999 Senator Paul Wellstone announced in St. Paul, Minnesota that he would not be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2000. "I have become persuaded, over time, that I could not energetically represent the people of Minnesota in the United States Senate while simultaneously running a grueling, 7-days-a-week, 6-cities-in-a-day kind of campaign for the White House," Wellstone said.  He cited back troubles dating from his wrestling days in college and "the blistering pace of national travel, meetings, speaking and organizing that a presidential campaign requires for almost two years--including getting in and out of countless planes, cars, maybe even a green bus somewhere along the way." "For me, Minnesota must continue to come first," Wellstone said. 
    Statement of the Honorable Paul Wellstone 
    January 9, 1999