2008 Presidential Race Gets Its First Cattle Call. - At least its first gubernatorial cattle call.
Technically, this first '08 campaign event is the bipartisan meeting of the National Governors Association. But as 15 of the nation's 50 governors are considering a bid for the presidency, both parties have learned the benefits of nominating a governor.
The defeat last year of Kerry extended a losing streak for sitting legislators that has been going since Kennedy's 1960 election. As Kerry, Dole and others know, those decades-long voting records can be hard to explain.
The following sitting governors would like to run as president in 2008:
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif): Needs constitutional amendment -- quickly.
Mitt Romney (Mass.): Prettier than John Edwards.
George E. Pataki (N.Y.) : He'll have to outfox Rudy.
Jeb Bush (Fla.): Many hope he'll break his promise not to run.
Haley Barbour (Miss.): Deep ties to Washington steakhouse of dubious value.
Mike Huckabee (Ark.): Recent weight loss increases speculation.
Mark Sanford (S.C.): Can't run if his friend John McCain does.
Bill Owens (Colo.): Embarrassed by Democratic victories in his state in '04.
Tom Vilsack (Iowa): Early favorite to win the Iowa caucuses.
Mark R. Warner (Va.): A southern Democrat.
Phil Bredesen (Tenn.): Could do better in his state than Al Gore did.
Bill Richardson (N.M.): Dogged by his Energy Department tenure.
Jennifer M. Granholm (Mich.): Waiting for the Schwarzenegger amendment to pass (she was born in Canada).
Janet Napolitano (Ariz.): Her home state may be too red for Democrats to win.
Rod Blagojevich (Ill.): His home state may be too blue to matter.
(2-27-05, The Washington Post.)