Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arguably never stopped running for president after losing in the 2000 GOP primaries to George Bush. So it surprised no one Sunday when he said he’s setting up the necessary committee to raise money for a 2008 run. Two big questions: Will the big business contributors and the conservative faithful favor him this time? And will voters be comfortable with a 72-year-old first-termer?
Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., sent another signal Sunday of his willingness to run for the Democratic nod. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., continues to acknowledge that he’s thinking about it.
One big problem facing all of the above, along with other likely contenders such as Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and even Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., is voters’ traditional disdain for sitting senators who seek the presidency. The complete list of those who bucked the trend consists of John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Warren Harding in 1920.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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