John Kerry will not run for U.S. president in 2008

@Idlewild (6105)
United States
January 24, 2007 2:20pm CST
A BBC article says Kerry has decided against running in 2008 and may announce the decision today, Jan. 24. The presence of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the race is said to be part of the decision. Do you think Kerry would be making the right decision in not running?
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@mynatenyi (226)
• Nigeria
25 Jan 07
could it be that is being intemidated or what?
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I don't think so. It seems he's just realizing that the candidates who have already announced are very strong contenders, and that he won't have much of a chance of winning.
@webduck (238)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I think he made an excellent decision in not running. He didn't do well enough last time, and he doesn't have the charisma that Obama and Clinton exude. What I see is that the two of them will have to run together, because each by themselves will be villified. Now if we can just keep that damn Ralph Nader off the ballot!
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yeah, I've seen quite enough of Nader as a presidential candidate. If we're lucky he'll stick to his consumer advocacy, but I don't know if he can resist the temptation to stick his finger in the eye of the major parties one more time.
@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
25 Jan 07
I have no idea who Barack Obama is, but I'd back Hillary Clinton. She's been in that setting, and has had her own successful political career. I certainly would put her in the White House over Bush ANY day!
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Obama is like a black John F. Kennedy--a young, dashing senator, very charismatic. He's got a rock-star like aura to him, but he's only in his first term in the Senate, so he doesn't have a lot of experience. Maybe in 2012, I think. Clinton is very polarizing, people either love her or hate her. But the fact that there are serious female and black contenders for a major-party nomination is probably the real story of the 2008 campaign so far.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I think he will not run. He has no chance against Obama. I guess he knows it.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
25 Jan 07
A lot of Dems are still miffed with him over 2004; they feel that if he ran a better campaign he would have won the election. So many of them didn't want him to run again, no matter who else was in the mix.
• United States
24 Jan 07
John Kerry wouldn't stand a chance at winning a presidental election even if Hillary and Obama weren't in the race. The simple truth is Kerry destroyed his chances of ever becoming president when he made the comment about the military. Regardless of how he intended it to be it rubbed the majority of the US the wrong way. I do believe the election of 2008 will make history as our first woman president.
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@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Yeah, I think if Kerry had run he could have counted on hearing that clip replayed over and over. I've heard the whole speech in context and don't think he meant what others have accused him of meaning, but nevertheless it was a poor choice of words, and easily interpreted in the wrong way. He would have spent the whole campaign trying to explain that one remark.
• United States
25 Jan 07
Thank God! He's phonier than a $3 bill, and he wouldn't stand a chance at being elected. If Kerry ran, we'd have a Republican president in 2008.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I'm sure the Republicans are disappointed that Kerry's not running! They've probably been adding to their file of Kerry gaffes for the last 2 years.