Vilsack is now officially a presidential candidate

In case you missed it, here is the Radio Iowa story … and a pretty lengthy Radio Iowa series that aired in 2004 when John Kerry had Tom Vilsack his the list of potential veeps. You can read the news release TV’s crew sent out at 8 am this morning after the jump.

The reporters roundtable is on for Iowa Press this weekend; taping
this afternoon. I am outta here, after that, bound for New Mexico and
some R&R.  It’s part of my 50-state strategy — to visit
all of the 50 states.  The list thus far:  CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN,
TX, UT, VA, WI.  So, soon to be 30 down, 20 to go. 

Back next Thursday. 


Tom Vilsack for President Established

(Des Moines, IA) — Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack today took the
first formal step toward running for President of the United States by
filing documents with the Federal Election Commission to establish his
presidential campaign committee, Tom Vilsack for President.

Tom Vilsack for President, will be headquartered in Des Moines,
IA and will be publicly launched through a multi-state campaign
kick-off tour scheduled to begin in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on November 30
and includes announcement events in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Nevada
and South Carolina.

Tom Vilsack is the longest serving Democratic governor in the United States.  As Chair of the Democratic
Leadership Council and former Chair of the Democratic Governors
Association, he is a recognized national leader on education,
healthcare, economic development and renewable energy.  Tom Vilsack was
the first Democratic governor elected in Iowa since 1968.  In 1998, he
promised to serve only two terms – a pledge that he kept in 2006
despite healthy job approval ratings in his home state.

Americans sent a clear message on Tuesday.  They want leaders
who will take this country in a new direction,” said Vilsack, Iowa’s
two-term Governor.  “They want leaders who share their values,
understand their needs, and respect their intelligence. That’s what
I’ve done as Governor of Iowa, and that’s what I intend to do as

“I couldn’t be more honored that my wife, Christie, and our
sons, Doug and Jess, are committed to joining my effort to offer the
people of America and the Democratic Party my vision for the future of
our country as a candidate for President,” he said.  Over the next
several weeks, they and the rest of my team will put together the
building blocks needed to run a successful national presidential
campaign.  I invite all Americans to join with us in working for
America’s future.”

A “Gala Celebration of American Community” is scheduled in Des
Moines on December 2 as the inaugural fundraising event for the

Vilsack announced several members of his campaign team today:

Craig Varoga, National Campaign Manager
Shari Yost-Gold, National Finance Advisor
Michael Hayden, National Finance Director
Cheryl Parker Rose, Senior Policy Advisor
Jeff Link, Senior Communications Strategist
Alice Parker, Director of Scheduling
Dusky Terry, Iowa State Director
Roy Behr, Behr Communications will serve as media consultant
Teresa Vilmain, Advisor

Members of his campaign staff will move into the new Vilsack ’08
headquarters today.  The office is located at 6200 Thornton Avenue,
Suite 195, Des Moines, Iowa.

More information about the campaign and how to become involved is available on the campaign’s new website:

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.