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Rank-And-File Falling Away From Dodd - TheDay
Unfortunately, Dodd's appearance did attract the local press and its coverage of what the Lakeville Journal called “last week's rare sighting of Sen. Chris Dodd in the Northwest Corner” was devastating. Then we have the mixed blessing of Joe...
Obama praises Dodd at credit card signing ceremony - The Hill
Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) Friday while signing major credit card reform legislation at a Rose Garden ceremony. Dodd, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is a co-author of the credit card legislation but faces a tough 2010 reelection campaign along...
Obama Stumps For Dodd - Atlantic Online
Chris Dodd (D-CT) has been in trouble this year, dinged by AIG bonuses--and the news that, at the administration's request, he okayed the language in the TARP bailout that eventually allowed them; a special loan from Countrywide, which came to light...
US Senate Passes Sen. Chris Dodd's Credit Card Reform Bill - Hartford Courant
By Christopher Keating on May 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) Dodd, who is facing a tough re-election battle in the 2010 race, was praised by US Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee....
US Sen. Chris Dodd Pushing Bill To Close Gender Pay Gap - Hartford Courant
By Christopher Keating on May 21, 2009 6:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) US Sen. Christopher Dodd is pushing a bill that would close the gender gap when it comes to pay. "In Connecticut, women are paid only 76 cents to every dollar that men are paid,"...
Anti-Predatory Lending Bill Not a Senate Priority - Inside Mortgage Finance
Chris Dodd, D-CT, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, last week said his committee will “eventually” consider anti-predatory lending legislation. However, Dodd said anti-predatory lending legislation is not on his...
Sen. Chris Dodd Update: Not Hosted By Online Lenders Alliance - Hartford Courant
By Christopher Keating on May 20, 2009 5:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) It wasn't an event hosted by the Online Lenders Alliance after all. At least that's what Sen. Christopher Dodd's folks are saying. HuffPo even displayed an agenda that said Dodd...
SUBJECT: CREDIT CARD LEGISLATION INTERVIEWERS: JOE SCARBOROUGH, MIKA BRZEZINSKI, MIKE BARNICLE, FORMER REP. HAROLD FORD, JR. (D-TN) MR. SCARBOROUGH: We've got the Democratic senator from Connecticut and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee,...
2009/2010: Dodd reclamation project -
CONNECTICUT: Adventures of New Chris: “The Chris Dodd reclamation project is in full swing, but even Dodd admits it's an iffy proposition,” The Hill reports. “Facing all-time low approval ratings as he heads into the 2010 election, Sen. Dodd (D-Conn....
Will Chris Dodd Bail Out His Buddy at Countrywide Financial? - Politics Daily
Chris Dodd (D-CT) has a history of sticking his many necks out for unpopular friends in high places. Joe Lieberman post-McCain defeat comes immediately to mind. But what about Dodd's numerous friends in the financial services industry?...

Christopher Dodd presidential campaign, 2008

Chris Dodd addressing the United States Conference of Mayors while campaigning in January 2007

The 2008 presidential campaign of Chris Dodd was launched on January 11, 2007 and ended on January 3, 2008 after a sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Dodd, the Senior Senator from Connecticut, sought the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. Centering his campaign in the strategically important states of Iowa and New Hampshire, he tried to bring forth a platform of change. Dodd's performance in the opinion polls varied, but in the financial sphere, he had secured some notable and influential endorsements who had sufficiently funded his campaign.

Dodd tried to follow in the pattern of New Englanders who have entered the race for the Democratic nomination and won, including John Kerry, Michael Dukakis, and John F. Kennedy. If elected, Dodd would have become the second Roman Catholic president (after Kennedy) and the second Connecticut-born president (after George W. Bush). He would have been the first Senator to win the presidency while in office since Kennedy was elected in 1960. Dodd went on to endorse Barack Obama.

During his years in the House and Senate, Chris Dodd built a long record of political positions on important issues to the nation. He is in favor of ending the Iraq War and bringing America's troops home, and has repeatedly voted against further funding of the war. He has declared that the nation "must take a 'strategic pause'" before signing any new free trade agreements. To improve America's civil liberties, he has introduced legislation to enact a Federal Shield law and worked against legislation permitting warrantless surveillance. He has proposed a carbon tax in order to influence the free market to reduce carbon emissions and help stop global warming. Dodd has proposed mandatory community service for all high school students, and fought to improve child care and health care. He has worked to stop predatory lending by credit card companies.

Chris Dodd had told the Associated Press in April 2006 that he was considering running, and by May 22 he had met with key backers, including congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and had assembled a team to prepare a potential 2008 campaign. In June 2006, he held his first major fundraiser, stunning Beltway commentators by raising over $1 million in one night. Dodd attended a Florida Democratic convention in July 2006 to garner further support.

Chris Dodd entered the race on January 11, 2007 after making his announcement on the Imus in the Morning show. He cited his qualifications of experience and background as the strengths needed to lead the nation as President. A critic of the Iraq War, Dodd stated that his candidacy "...isn't just Iraq -- there are problems here at home that are huge." He decided not to file with the FEC under an exploratory committee but instead filed as a full-fledged candidate. He began campaigning in the state of South Carolina on January 15, 2007 and hit the trails to New Hampshire on January 20.

In February, Dodd turned his attention fully to the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. When asked by the Associated Press on the campaign trail if his campaigning really made a difference in changing public perceptions, he replied, "There is enough time yet to change this , because there are places like Iowa and New Hampshire that give candidates like myself a chance to be heard." Dodd's strategy was to speak to voters in restaurants, homes, and small-town diners, although political analysts wondered whether such methods were out-of-date. But he maintained that "chatting in a living room face to face is still a very important feature of campaigning here. I don't think you can come in here and do sort of a wholesale political operation from 35,000 feet (11,000 m) with a pit stop here and there and a media campaign behind you." At the end of February, Dodd differentiated himself from his Democratic counterparts by stating his support for the Bush administration's willingness to hold joint talks with Iran and Syria and by stating that as president he would avoid talking with Iran as long as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remained as president. On the trail, he referred to Ahmadinejad as a "thug".

Before Dodd hit the campaign trail for March after a round of campaigning in February, he made a visit to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a well-worn path laid by candidates trying to reach a younger audience. The campaign set up a web page before the March 13 interview. Liberal bloggers praised the behind the scenes look at the campaign as innovative and creative. A posting on the Comedy Central show's blog read: "This was a fascinating look behind the scenes of the show even for us, and a surprisingly cool thing for a Presidential candidate to do. Senator Dodd, we salute both your commitment to fiscal responsibility and your web-savvy." After the visit Dodd campaigned in New Hampshire and Nevada finishing the month at a forums in Las Vegas and Washington D.C. At the Las Vegas Forum, he discussed health care with the other Democratic candidates and voiced his support for a system of Universal Health Care. As March came to a close the campaign revealed their fundraising total for the First Quarter. Dodd raised $4,043,757 in this quarter, spend $1,313,239 and had $7,482,467 cash on hand.

In April, Dodd campaigned in New Hampshire, Iowa, and returned to South Carolina. While on the trail Dodd participated in a virtual town hall sponsored by the website When he was asked the question "...what is the best and fastest way to get out of Iraq?" he answered, "We ought to start redeploying this evening...We ought to begin immediately. I would not wait any longer." Continuing on the trail, Dodd sponsored what was called by the Washington Post, the "most radical plan" to combat global warming. It included a corporate carbon tax to be levied on corporations to reduce carbon emissions. The plan is part of a larger energy platform of the campaign.

On April 26, Dodd participated in the first of many Democratic presidential debates. His campaign has been critical of how little time their candidate has been allotted to speak at the debates, and its website introduced a "Talk Clock" demonstrating this disparity.

At the end of the month, Dodd set his sights on the state with the most convention votes, California by attending events in Sacramento and San Diego.

Early in May, Dodd continued to campaign in California for a few days but later shifted back to the strategically important states of Iowa and New Hampshire for the rest of the month. On May 15 the campaign released its first ad, which detailed his plan for ending the war in Iraq. In the ad, Dodd also criticized his fellow Democratic candidates by stating, "We can't simply wait for a new president. We should have the conviction to stand up to this one," In Washington, Dodd was exposed to debate on the Iraq War Spending Bill and new videos from al-Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri. Back on the campaign trail he talked about how he would deal with foreign issues particularly in regards to the situation in Iraq, "I'm not going to let my foreign policy be decided by Mr. al-Zawahiri. Obviously, he's playing his game here. He'd probably like to see us stay down there, bogged down, at the costs we're increasing here, the loss of lives, not to mention the isolation of the United States." When Presidential candidate John Edwards released an ad criticizing Congress' failure to end the Iraq War, Dodd took it personal and shot back at Edwards stating, ""With all due respect, we could have used John's vote here in the Senate on these issues here." He concluded the May campaign by attending House parties in three cities in New Hampshire. .

June started off as all the previous months had with Dodd campaigning in New Hampshire and Iowa but at the June 3 Debate in Manchester, NH he made a notable statement that led to a huge applause from the crowd. During the debate he pointed out a woman in the audience whose husband was fighting in the War on Terrorism, he thanked her for the sacrifice and stated the importance of standing up for America's security while on the campaign trail, "No one is going to be elected president who is not going to have as their primary responsibility to keep us safe and secure." After the debate Dodd went back to the trails, but while campaigning he found a new tool to help spread his message. The campaign encouraged voters to confront politicians with video cameras and ask them to talk about Iraq and to support the "Dodd Amendment" which would have required American troops to start redeployment in 30 days. The final step was for the voters to post the interactions on YouTube. The Dodd campaign has used the internet more frequently than other campaigns, often airing staff meetings via the web. The campaign released a new advertisement on June 16 entitled "Amazing Grace" which focused on Dodd's time in the Peace Corps. As June came to a close Dodd made his final appearance of the month at a Forum in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the first time he visited the state which moved up its primary dates, causing a controversy with the DNC. On June 30 the campaign revealed the fundraising totals for the second quarter, Dodd raised $3,250,730, spent $4,384,580 and had a total of $6,378,271 cash on hand.

When asked to comment about the genocide in Darfur and the moral leadership of the United States, Dodd answered that the situation in "Iraq is related to Darfur, Anderson, here. It's because we're bogged down there at $10 billion a month, we've lost our moral leadership in the world. No one listens to us when it comes to foreign policy. That has to change in this country. That's the difference here." July campaigning wrapped up in Iowa with visits to seven cities in two days from July 27-28.

Dodd continued campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire visiting up to four different cities in one day. Political commentator Bill O'Reilly slammed Dodd after he appeared on The O'Reilly Factor in August, characterizing him as a kool-aid drinker and blind follower of the far left. O'Reilly chastised Dodd and branded him a traitor for his perceived betrayal of fellow Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman during the 2006 Senatorial election. On August 20 he attended a debate that aired on ABC and was moderated by George Stephanopoulos. He commented on the need for a president that can bring people from both parties together, "'s about getting this job done. We don't elect a king or a queen or a dictator in November, we elect a president. The margins are thin. No one political party is going to write all of this. It takes leadership that knows how to bring people together." As the month wound down for the campaign and as Dodd continued on the trail, the month of September loomed in the horizon as did an upcoming debate in Washington on the primary focus of the campaign, the Iraq War. Accompanying Dodd on the trail was the International Association of Fire Fighters, which handed him their endorsement on August 29.

At the same time the website released an ad that slammed General Petraeus, calling him a traitor. Dodd voted against a Congressional act to denounce the ad on September 21.

Returning to the campaign trail, Dodd made stops in Iowa where he started what would be a later October trend by attacking the frontrunner Hillary Clinton. He attacked her record on health care stating, "It should be far more than just a parable of personal growth and maturation. This was about an issue that was critically important to the country. It was a major effort that failed. There were a lot of reasons that it failed, not the least of which it was mismanaged terribly at the time." In addition to the campaigning in Iowa, Dodd attended fundraisers in his home state of Connecticut, visited New Hampshire and returned to Iowa all in the timespan of 10 days. At the end of September as the third quarter came to a close, the campaign revealed that it had raised only $1,467,093, spent $4,025,458, leaving $3,874,874 cash on hand.

SEN. CLINTON: I just want to add, I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to do it. And we have failed -- SEN. DODD: Wait a minute. No, no, no. You said yes, you thought it made sense to do it. SEN. CLINTON: No, I didn't, Chris. But the point is, what are we going to do with all these illegal immigrants who are (driving ?) -- (inaudible)? SEN. DODD: Well, that's a legitimate issue. But driver's license goes too far, in my view. SEN. CLINTON: Well, you may say that, but what is the identification if somebody runs into you today who is an undocumented worker -- SEN. DODD: There's ways of dealing with that. SEN. CLINTON: Well, but -- SEN. DODD: This is a privilege, not a right. SEN. CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer has agreed to do is to have three different licenses; one that provides identification for actually going onto airplanes and other kinds of security issues, another which is an ordinary driver's license, and then a special card that identifies the people who would be on the road. SEN. DODD: That's a bureaucratic nightmare.

Later in the debate Dodd articulated his support for the decriminalization of marijuana citing the high populations of American prisons. Many of the participants expressed their disagreement with him on this issue. The debate was the last campaign stop for Dodd in October who went into November with energy and momentum from the multiple exchanges.

Dodd spent most of December in Iowa engaged in Town Halls. He briefly made a trip to Mountain View, CA to make a speech before returning to the trails in Iowa. He participated in the last Democratic Debate before the primary season on December 13 in Johnson, Iowa. In this debate sponsored by the Des Moines Register, Dodd commented that Education was the most important issue to him in the campaign. He also made a statement on why he felt he was the best choice for president and why he should receive the endorsement of the Des Moines Register, which ultimately went to Hillary Clinton.

Following the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Dodd released a statement while campaigning that elaborated on his experiences with the slain leader. He commented that the event was an important time in both Pakistan and the United States that will impact the future of both nation's security. He described the significance of America's responsibility to keep democracy in the nation and the region as a whole. Following the statement Dodd completed the year's campaigning by attending New Year's Eve parties in cities in the first caucus state of Iowa.

Dodd participated in the Iowa Caucus on January 3, 2008. After receiving a disappointing total of 0% of the vote he ended his campaign. In his final words on the trail, He reflected on the joy he had in running for president.

In polling, Dodd has seemed unable to break through to the top tier. In Nationwide polls he usually only polls at or around 1%. A November 7, 2007 Gallup poll placed him in last place, behind both Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich at 1%. At the state level, Dodd has also not done so well. In a November 18, 2007 Iowa poll conducted by ABC news, he registered with 1% the same number from a similar poll done by ABC news on July 31, 2007. In New Hampshire, a poll conducted by CNN placed Dodd at 1% constant from a September poll but up from polls in June and July. However on the straw poll level, Dodd was able to gain a victory during an event in South Carolina on March 5, 2007. He won the York County straw poll by receiving 28% of the 100 votes cast. Barack Obama came in second with 24%. Hillary Clinton got 18% and John Edwards received 11%. The victory came two days after Dodd visited the county which probably secured him the win.

Dodd had received endorsements from members of the Kennedy family including Rhode Island Representative Patrick J. Kennedy and his brother Edward Kennedy Jr. Eunice Shriver had also campaigned for him. On November 1, the campaign announced he had been endorsed by Bobby Shriver, co-founder of Debt AIDS Trade in Africa.. Dodd has asked Senator Ted Kennedy repeatedly for an endorsement. On November 20, 2007, Timothy Shriver, the Chairman of Special Olympics announced his endorsement for Dodd.

On August 28, Chris Dodd received the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters. On October 24, in a speech before a International Association of Fire Fighters conference, he criticized the Bush Administration's failure to fully fund first responders battling the massive wildfires in Southern California.

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Rosa DeLauro

Rosa DeLauro

Rosa L. DeLauro (born March 2, 1943), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. The district is based in New Haven, and includes most of that city's suburbs.

DeLauro was born to an Italian-American family in New Haven, and earned her high school diploma from The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall in Milford, Connecticut. She earned a bachelor's degree from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, as well as separate master's degrees from the London School of Economics and Columbia University. She worked as an administrative assistant and chief of staff for Senator Chris Dodd and executive director of EMILY's List before entering the House.

DeLauro won the Democratic primary for the 3rd District after four-term incumbent Bruce Morrison gave up the seat to make an ultimately unsuccessful run for governor. She defeated State Senator Thomas Scott in a very competitive contest, taking 52 percent of the vote. However, she has never faced another contest nearly that close, and has been reelected nine times.

She is married to political strategist Stan Greenberg.

DeLauro votes with the left-leaning caucus of her party in most instances, and has been characterized as "Far-left Democrat" by's analysis of bill sponsorship.

She is currently working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. She is an honorary board member of the National Organization of Italian American Women. She is a leader in the group Catholic Democrats.

In May 2006, she was linked in press reports to Senator Christopher Dodd's potential bid for President in 2008.

In the 2006 election she was re-elected to a ninth term, defeating Republican challenger Joseph Vollano and Green Party challenger Daniel Sumrall, with 76% of the vote.

DeLauro is the chairwoman of the Agriculture Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. She also serves on the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee. Additionally, she is one of the leading members on the House Budget Committee, the same committee her most popular CT-03 predecessor, Robert Giaimo, ran as chairman until 1981.

In November 2007 DeLauro had a hip replaced. She has urged politicians to be "big thinkers" on the issue of universal health care.

On February 2, 2008, DeLauro endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama for President at her home in New Haven, Connecticut.

On October 3, 2008, DeLauro voted a second time in the House in favor the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to help stabilize an economic crisis.

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 17, 2008, that DeLauro was "a top contender" for the position of Labor Secretary in the Obama administration. However, President-elect Obama announced the nomination of fellow congresswoman Hilda Solis for the position on December 19. Rahm Emanuel lives in DeLauro's Basement, a controversy has brewed over if that is tax exempt.

On February 4th, 2009 Ms. DeLauro introduced H.R. 875 entitled "Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009." This bill is allegedly to protect the US' food supply, however, it leaves small farmers, especially organic, at a great disadvantage to the corporate ones. Congresswoman DeLauro has several ties to corporate agriculture. For instance, her husband Stanley Greenberg has Monsanto as a client. Ms. DeLauro also receives massive donations from agribusiness political action committees. This bill could potentially threaten to regulate home gardens as well.

The bill currently has 39 cosponsors and has been sent to committee.

On March 4th, 2009 at 3:26 p.m., DeLauro was spotted by Politico's Jonathan Martin entering the West Wing of the White House.

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Matt Lesser

Matt Lesser, American politician, is an American politician, member of the Democratic party. He is a current member of the Connecticut House of Representatives reprenting Connecticut's 100th district in the General Assembly. The district is made up of Durham, Middlefield, Rockfall, and parts of Middletown. Lesser was elected in 2008.

The 100th District also includes Regional School District 13 (Durham and Middlefield) and the Middletown School system.

Lesser has worked on behalf of Senators Chris Dodd and Barack Obama and interned at the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy.

On May 20th, 2008, Matt Lesser was selected to run as the second youngest candidate for State Representative at the Democratic 100th District Convention. Lesser received the endorsement of current Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, who once held the 100th District State representative seat. Lesser also received support from State Senator Tom Gaffey and Middletown DTC Chairman Dan Russo. Lesser defeated 3-term incumbent Ray Kailinowski, a veteran, retired federal agent, former first selectman, and member of the state legislature for six years, who claimed "The only way to get 10 years of experience is to work for 10 years." Lesser's 2008 campaign manager was Wesleyan's Student Body President Mike Pernick.

In 2004, Lesser worked for the Democratic National Committee, to help Senator John Kerry and other Democrats campaigning for office across the country. Directing an office with a staff of 50, Lesser ran a grassroots fundraising effort in five New England states that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in small contributions from 11,000 different people.

In 2006, Lesser, as a full time student at Wesleyan University and President of the College Democrats of Connecticut, organized the largest student voter mobilization drive in the country. He hired staff and organized students across the state, increasing voter turnout by nearly 700% at the University of Connecticut.

In 2007, Lesser was elected as Chairman to Middletown's Planning and Zoning Commission with a platform of preserving open space.

Lesser has stated that he plans to shift the burden of education from the taxpayers to the state, as the state legislature had already agreed to pay for 50% of the costs of education. However, this is a contested claim since the supposed state “promise” of 50% funding comes from a 1979 report of the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Connecticut School Finance Advisory Panel called A Plan for Promoting Equal Educational Opportunity in Connecticut and is viewed as outdated and misinterpreted by opponents.

In order to lower the cost of education further, Lesser has supported a controversial "pooling" bill that would have allowed municipalities, small businesses and nonprofit organizations to join the state's health insurance plan until it was vetoed by Governor M. Jodi Rell on June 13. Lesser has also called for switching schools over to renewable alternative sources of energy and for funding of the PILOT and ECS programs to lower education costs further still.

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Mike Gravel presidential campaign, 2008

Screenshot of Gravel '08 Campaign Website, October 2007

Mike Gravel, a former United States Senator from Alaska, on April 17, 2006, declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2008 election, in a speech to the National Press Club.

His campaign gained an internet following and national attention due to outspoken debate appearances during 2007, but consistently showed little support in national polls. In the 2008 Democratic caucuses and primaries, he did not win any delegates. Out of the eight candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, he received the fewest votes - less than one percent.

In March 2008, Gravel announced that he had joined the Libertarian Party and would seek its presidential nomination, instead of further pursuing the Democratic nomination. In May 2008, Gravel finished fourth at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention and ended both his presidential quest and his political career.

The campaign website includes participation forums. A video section of the campaign website links to videos of some media appearances, his address to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, a September 2006 appearance at the 'Camp Democracy' activist forum in Washington DC, as well as the introductory video from his successful 1968 Senate campaign.

The candidate has maintained his own weblog since October 2006, and has blogged at the Huffington Post since June 2007 as well.

The Gravel campaign has its own YouTube channel featuring more than 80 videos of the candidate's past speeches and campaign appearances.

A YouTube video of his performance and responses in the South Carolina debate of 26 April 2007 achieved in excess of 226,000 views, and was the 17th most viewed and the 7th top rated video that week. In late May 2007, two wordless, avant-garde campaign videos, "Rock" and "Fire", created by Otis College of Art and Design staff Matt Mayes and Guston Sondin-Klausner, were released on YouTube and became hits. The first, nearly three minutes long, showed Gravel staring at the camera silently for more than one minute, then throwing a large rock into a lake and slowly walking away, with a sole graphic showing the campaign website. The second, nearly eight minutes long, briefly showed Gravel walking through a forest collecting wood and looking at the resultant campfire, then for the remaining seven minutes just showed the fire burning, with the website graphic superimposed. These videos would eventually gain over 480,000 and 140,000 views respectively.

As a Libertarian candidate, Gravel found more support than he had as a Democrat, placing second and third in two April 2008 straw polls.

At the close of the first quarter 2007 reporting period, the campaign committee had $498 in cash against debts and obligations amounting to $88,515. By the second-quarter 2007 close, the committee had $31,141 in cash on hand, and had collected a total of $175,229 in net contributions during the entire 2008 election cycle. By the end of the third-quarter 2007, the committee had $17,526.55 in cash on hand, and had collected a total of $379,794.85 so far during the 2008 election cycle. For the fourth quarter of 2007, Gravel reported no money raised.

Gravel did not compete in the initial 2008 vote, the Iowa caucuses, choosing to focus on the New Hampshire primary instead, and received no Iowa state delegates. Nevertheless, he was still subjected to a false report from Keith Olbermann of MSNBC that he had pulled out of the race afterward, as had fellow Democratic candidates Chris Dodd and Joe Biden. Later that night, Gravel's campaign issued a press release and YouTube video denying this and making it clear that Gravel intends to continue his campaign and that he does not intend to drop out of the race for presidency. Keith Olbermann later apologized to the Gravel campaign stating that a man named Alex Colvin, Gravel's press secretary, contacted MSNBC news at approximately 11:30 PM. MSNBC double checked the source and believed the man was who he said he was, and was subsequently read on the air.

Gravel did focus much of his attention on the second 2008 vote, the New Hampshire primary, and gained some media attention for a pre-election appearance at Phillips Exeter Academy where he told students that using marijuana was safer than drinking alcohol. In the primary he received 402 votes out of some 280,000 cast, or 0.14 percent. Gravel said he would take some time off from campaigning to deal with a respiratory infection.

Gravel received 2,363 votes out of 593,837 votes cast in the Michigan primary, or 0.40 percent. Campaigning was light in the Democratic primary due to an intra-party dispute removing several top candidates' names from the ballot.

Gravel did not reach viability in any of the Nevada caucuses in the state and as a result, received no delegates.

Gravel received 214 votes out of 532,468 votes cast in the South Carolina primary, or 0.04 percent.

Gravel finished 8th in the Florida primary, with a little over 5,000 votes. He finished behind 4 candidates who had already withdrawn.

Senator Gravel participated in the AFSCME Democratic Presidential Forum on 21 February 2007 in Carson City, Nevada, at the Carson City Community Center. He appears toward the end of the video of the broadcast of the event.

In the Carson City Forum, he roundly condemned President Bush's policy of military involvement in Iraq and reminded those present of his statements warning of lies and distortions about Iraq's supposed unlawful weapons of mass destruction as far back as early 2002 (the time of the occurrence of the first signs of the Bush Administration's formulation of an agenda for military action against Iraq). He decried the overall level of military spending as opposed to the funding of education and of what he regarded as the consequent, poor educational outcomes achieved.

Senator Gravel called on Congressional Democrats to force a 'constitutional crisis' by denying all further budgetary appropriations in aid of continued American military involvement in Iraq. He further argued that the income tax should be 'wiped out' in favor of the FairTax proposal - which imposes a progressive sales tax on newly manufactured items varying from 19% to 23% while providing 'prebates' to 'untax' families spending on necessities, up to the poverty level. He stated his view that experience showed income taxes were successfully 'gamed' by the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle income earners. And he voiced his support for the constitutional and legal reform necessary to effect the National Initiative as a means of enabling citizen-initiated national lawmaking.

Senator Gravel also spoke in favor of public financial assistance for campaigning Presidential candidates.

This debate was in the evening of April 26, 2007, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, at South Carolina State University. State party chairman Joe Erwin said that he chose South Carolina State because it is an historically black college, noting that African-Americans have been the "most loyal" Democrats in the state. The debate was 90 minutes with a 60-second time limit for answers, and no opening or closing statements. It was broadcast via cable television and online video streaming by MSNBC. The debate was moderated by Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News.

Mike Gravel appeared with the seven other contenders for the Democratic nomination for President and the following are among the points he made in the course of that debate.

Gravel gained considerable publicity by shaking up the normally staid multiple-candidate format. Although a May 2007 CNN poll showed him with less than 0.5 percent support among Democrats, by September 2007 he polled 2% support among registered or likely Democratic voters in South Carolina.

WMUR-TV, CNN, and the New Hampshire Union Leader hosted both Democratic and Republican debates in Manchester, New Hampshire, at Saint Anselm College. The Democratic debate was Sunday, June 3, starting at 7 PM EDT and lasting two hours, commercial free. The moderator was Wolf Blitzer, host of Late Edition and The Situation Room. He was joined by Tom Fahey of The Union Leader and Scott Spralding from the local NH television station WMUR. The first half of the debate was a directed question and answer, with candidates at podiums, as in the first debate, responding to questions from Fahey and Spralding.

On March 17, 2007, CNN, the Manchester Union Leader and WMUR-TV formally decided to exclude former Senator Gravel from debates between Democratic Presidential candidates they would be sponsoring in New Hampshire. The decision was decried as 'censorship, unbecoming a free society'. and on 1 May 2007 the decision was reversed, and Mike Gravel was invited to be a participant. The venue was Saint Anselm College and the debate was nationally televised on CNN.

Two of eight candidates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, were accorded greater talk-time than the moderator. Barack Obama was accorded the greatest talk-time at 16 full minutes, 2.85 times the talk-time accorded Mike Gravel, who was accorded the least talk-time at 5.62 minutes.

PBS held and televised a debate at Howard University, an historically black college. The moderator was Tavis Smiley. All eight candidates discussed various topics including education, poverty, unemployment, racial discrimination, and health in the black community. The debate drew a record crowd of celebrities, such as Harry Belafonte, Al Sharpton, Dorothy Heights, Jesse Jackson, Terry McMillan, Judge Hatchett, and Mark Ridley-Thomas.

This was the first debate during which all the candidates were accorded equal time. The earlier debates were heavily biased toward the 'Top-tier' candidates.

All eight candidates attended this debate held during the NAACP convention. John Edwards and Hillary Clinton were overheard -- on stage, over microphones -- conferring about weeding those candidates not in the 'Top-tier' out of future debates.

CNN and YouTube held this debate on the campus of The Citadel. All questions were selected from among, and posed as videos submitted via YouTube by members of the public; the debate was moderated by Anderson Cooper of Anderson Cooper 360. YouTube and Google streamed the event live. It was also simulcast on CNN en Español.

Two of eight candidates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, were accorded greater talk-time than the moderator. Barack Obama was accorded the greatest talk-time at 15.18 minutes, 3.64 times the talk-time accorded Mike Gravel, who was accorded the least talk-time at 4.17 minutes.

ABC News in conjunction with the Iowa Democratic Party held a debate streamed on This Week moderated by George Stephanopoulos.

Five of eight candidates, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, were accorded greater talk-time than the moderator. Barack Obama was accorded the greatest talk-time at 13.17 minutes, 2.7 times the talk-time accorded Mike Gravel, who was accorded the least talk-time at 4.88 minutes.

All candidates were accorded equal talktimes at the Univision forum.

PBS held a forum focused on domestic issues, specifically health care and financial security. It was moderated by Judy Woodruff, and was a joint venture between IPTV and AARP.Barack Obama rejected PBS's invitation. Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich were excluded from the debate on the grounds that they did not have at least one paid staff member or office space in Iowa.

MSNBC held a debate at Dartmouth College in conjunction with New England Cable News and New Hampshire Public Radio.

None of the eight candidates were accorded greater talk-time than the moderator, who accorded himself 19.42 minutes of talk-time. Hillary Clinton was accorded the second greatest amount of talk-time at 17.62 minutes, 4.1 times the talk-time accorded Mike Gravel, who was accorded the least amount of talk-time at 4.33 minutes.

NBC News announced a debate to be televised on NBC News and MSNBC. The debate was held at Drexel University. Although all candidates were expected to attend the debate, it was announced on October 19th that Senator Gravel would be excluded from the debate..

Senator Gravel held a political gathering at Philadelphia's "World Cafe Live" at the same time as, and two blocks from, the Democratic Presidential Debate from which he was excluded. The debate was shown on a large screen, with Senator Gravel providing a running commentary and later answering audience questions. The event was called "An Alternate October 30th" and initially announced on Gravel's YouTube page.

The Senator has appeared on C-Span during his campaign speaking about the prospects of war between the United States and Iran.

Senator Gravel was interviewed for the Blue State Observer weblog on June 27, 2006. On that occasion he expressed his support for constitutional change in aid of citizen-initiated legislation, he declaimed the existence of limitations upon the conduct of stem cell research, and stated he was against the widespread deportation of illegal immigrants then being advocated by conservative talk radio and other elements.

A media release draws attention to the candidate's public opposition to the prospect of war in Iraq expressed as long ago as the early months of 2002.

Among other sources of news and commentary, the campaign notes coverage and appraisal of its candidate by The Free Liberal, '', the New York Daily Star, AntiWar Radio, the Ed Schultz Show, Internationalist Magazine, the Roanoke Times, American Chronicle,, The Dartmouth Online,, and the Portsmouth Herald.

Senator Gravel delivered an address before the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in November 2006 which has been recorded and published on video.

Gravel was interviewed on MSNBC in conjunction with his appearance at the Democratic National Convention Annual Winter Meeting. He reiterated his ideas and campaign themes including speedy withdrawal of the US military from Iraq, and expressed his relish to be participating in four debates in the ensuing 30 days.

At the time of the DNC Winter Conference he has also appeared as a guest of a video weblog directed from New Jersey answering questions about netroots and the blogosphere.

The Senator addressed the Jefferson County Presidents Day Dinner in Watertown, Wisconsin.

The Senator released a statement outlining his views on the possibility of impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush, regarding it as 'not sufficient' and favoring a congressional inquiry which could ultimately lead to criminal charges being brought against the President.

A release called upon Congress to use its 'constitutional authority' to outlaw the practice of torture against captured enemy combatants. The release referred to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, 'The Congress shall have power to… declare war… and make rules concerning captures on land and water.' It also criticized the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) practice of not providing the information of certain of its prisoners in overseas jails to the International Red Cross.

He appeared as a guest interviewee of Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report.

The Yearly Kos Presidential Leadership Forum was held in Chicago, Illinois. This informal discussion was attended by seven of the eight presidential candidates, with Joe Biden not attending due to votes in Congress. New York Times Magazine writer Matt Bai and DailyKos Contributing Editor and Fellow Joan McCarter moderated. The debate was broken down into Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy, and Philosophy and Leadership. Candidates were alloted 90 seconds for each question with 45 second rebuttals, although the time limits were not strictly enforced. After the debate, breakout sessions were held where convention goers could question each candidate individually.

Mike Gravel participated in an LGBT network Logo hosted debate focusing on LGBT issues, moderated by Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese and singer Melissa Etheridge in Los Angeles, California. Mike Gravel was originally excluded from this debate, the reason given that his campaign had not raised enough money to qualify for participation. Rallying from Gravel's supporters reversed this decision.

Yahoo!, in partnership with The Huffington Post, produced a "mashup debate" with Charlie Rose interviewing the candidates. Segments were recorded on September 12, with the "mashups" posted on September 13.

On October 1, 2007, Gravel was interviewed on PBS. He described himself as an ordinary guy, and would be more likely to take the train than fly in a private jet. He explained that other leading nations, including Russia, spend just 3%–4% of their budget on defense, while the US defense budget is more than all other nations combined. He then rhetorically asked: "What are we afraid of?" He explained that the defense budget is associated with the military industrial complex. He stated that the US military is internationally competitive, but the US schools and health care system are not. Gravel said that Ralph Nader once referred to him as a "breath of fresh air".

None of the major polls are currently including Gravel's name in their polling.

Despite poor polling numbers, Gravel has positive support among young people and Internet users, however his lowest support comes from the constituency. Blind polls have suggested that he would garner much more voting support if his positions were more well known.

Senator Gravel has won the endorsement of campaign finance reform activist Doris Haddock and has received financial contributions from actor Mark Ruffalo.

Noted academic and political dissident Noam Chomsky has also endorsed Senator Gravel.

In an unusual cross-party gesture, even while still running for the Democratic nod, Mike Gravel endorsed a Green Party candidate for president in March 2008, Jesse Johnson of West Virginia, saying he wanted to help Johnson prevail against Green Party rivals Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader.

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Résumé candidate

In the politics of the United States, a résumé candidate is one who has a stellar biography—years of service in public life and perhaps the military—with deep connections to the means for extending power and influence in the U.S., but who may or may not have the accompanying charisma and personal draw that often brings voters to a particular candidate. U.S. President George H.W. Bush was often described as a résumé candidate; in the 2008 election, the label has been applied to Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd (by Jon Stewart when interviewing Dodd on The Daily Show).

A probable example would be Al Gore. Gore was Ivy League educated at Harvard, enlisted and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, and was elected as a United States Representative, a United States Senator, and as Vice President of the United States. Gore has also won the Nobel Peace Prize. Detractors may use the same credentials to label a candidate with negative connotations.

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