Not All Exploring is Good

03/05 Update: For those of us who have lost track here they are:

02/24 Update: Apologies to former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack who just dropped out of the presidential race - I didn't have him listed ... guess no one knew he was running :)
02/10 Update: Senator Barack Obama officially launched his campaign for president in Springfield, Illinois, the home town of Abraham Lincoln.
02/05 Update: Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani took one step closer to officially seeking the 2008 Republican presidential nomination Monday by filing a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission
02/04 Update: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Saturday he will probably run for president in 2008.
01/31: Sen. Joe Biden officially joined an increasingly crowded field for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination today, as he has been promising for months. "After nine months of doing this, there is no exploratory committee I'm running," the Delaware senator told The Associated Press.
01/28 Update: Conservative Republican Mike Huckabee, seeking to repeat the success of another former governor from Hope, Ark., said Sunday he is taking the first step in what he acknowledged is an underdog bid for the White House in 2008.
01/24 Update: Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the Democrats' losing presidential candidate in 2004, said today that he won't run for the White House again in 2008.
01/20 Shocking Update: Democratic U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said today that she planned to form an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential race, the first step toward becoming a candidate for her party's nomination.
Democrat Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico, plans to announce Sunday (1/21) that he will soon file papers to create a presidential exploratory committee.
01/17 Update: Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois jumped into the 2008 White House race yesterday, promising to "change our politics" with a campaign that could make him the first black president in U.S. history.
01/11 Update: How did I miss this (from December 5th)?
Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback from Kansas formed a campaign exploratory committee Monday to measure the nation's appetite for his possible run for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2008.
And more exploring news: Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd announced today that he will run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, saying problems at home and abroad meant it was time for him to "get out of the bleachers and onto the arena floor."
01/10 Update: Pentacostal Minister Al Sharpton, according to the Associated Press, said the Democratic field needed a candidate who could provide substance on urban-related issues to the candidates’ debates. Is God calling Al into the race? Also, James W. Gilmore III, the Republican who served as governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, is now officially testing the waters to bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination.
01/05 Update: Massachusetts Republican Mitt Romney has named Governor Owens as an adviser to his presidential exploratory committee.
12/29 Update: John Edwards just announced his presidential candidacy on The Today Show ... no exploring for him
12/12 Update: I think that we might be able to add Illinois Senator Barak Obama, former VP Al Gore and New York Senator Hilary Clinton to list ... even thought they have not officially begun exploration :)

The following have recently anounced the formation of presidential exploratory committees:
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Senator John McCain, Former Wisconsin Govenor Tommy Thompson.
I am sure that we will soon be reading about more of these explorers (hello Hillary). I'll try to update this post as more explorers emerge.


  1. Please do keep us informed. I like getting all the latest news from your you really think Hilary is going to run?????

  2. Hillary running for president? Where did you ever get that idea? I think that she has been running for president ever since Kerry lost to Bush :)

  3. I know everyone seems to be in love with Obama, but what does he say? He speaks in cliches and never really lets us know what those cliches mean in any real detail. It's really kinda interesting to watch.

  4. Don't be silly, Bob. Hillary's been running since she was the First Lady!

    As far as Obama goes, I just don't know what to think yet. He seems to say what everyone wants him to hear. But that's where it stops. Just surface and no depth (not yet anyway). But there is something inherently likable about the guy. I can't explain it, which bothers me a little. It's just a waiting game right now...

  5. sorry Steph but Hillary has been running since she was in college. Don't ever doubt it!

    All I gotta say is that it looks bleak in 08!

  6. The next race will be like no other. I’m a bit excited to see this history making process. Kerry could never win and would be a liability to the party. It’s time for him to step back and shut up.
    Hill intrigues me, what bravery. You know how some men feel about women in power. I also want to hear more from Obama. He talks nice but is he saying what he feels or what he feels I want to hear.

    I'm jazzed (My family curse)

  7. Hillary is just as dirt y as Bill, just a little more ruthless


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