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What Are They Doing Now? Who out there remembers the first presidential contender to withdraw from the 2008 race? If you guessed Kurt Warner, you get half-credit because the man we're thinking of is also from Iowa! That’s right, it's former Democratic governor Tom Vilsack!
On November 30, 2006, Vilsack, possibly under the influence of Canadian prescription drugs, announced he was running for president. He roared out of the gate, netting endorsements from most of his immediate family and wracking up several hundred friends on MySpace.
On the campaign trail, Vilsack emphasized his many accomplishments as governor, such as getting re-elected and converting Canada to the 24-hour clock, but his fortunes turned as he closed in on the critical "1.75 years until the election" milestone. His fundraising dried up, and Vilsack was forced to drop out on February 23, 2007 — taking pride that he was able to announce, attempt and lose his presidential bid all before John McCain, Ron Paul, Fred Thompson, and Tommy Thompson had even started theirs!
Turning his sights to the vice presidency, Vilsack endorsed Hillary Clinton immediately after — or possibly before — he dropped out, only to watch Clinton embarrassingly lose his home state's caucus. Still, there's hope yet for Vilsack, as he may be due for an exciting ambassadorship in the Barack Obama administration! Stay tuned to Congressional Confidential as we steadily expose the whereabouts of all your 2008 presidential losers!
Tags: Barack Obama, Catching Up With a Loser, Congressional Confidential, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, Iowa, John McCain, Ron Paul, Tom Vilsack, Tommy Thompson