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President 2008 Watch: John Edwards IN and Evan Bayh OUT

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Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards speaks to Marg Stephens during a book signing in Columbia, S.C., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. Though he hasn’t officially announced any White House intentions, the former North Carolina senator is campaigning all the same.

AP: Officials: Edwards to Enter 2008 Race

Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards intends to enter the 2008 race for the White House, two Democratic officials said Saturday.

Edwards, who represented North Carolina in the Senate for six years, plans to make the campaign announcement late this month from the New Orleans neighborhood hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina last year and slow to recover from the storm.

Edwards also plans to travel from New Orleans through the four early presidential nominating states _ Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina _ as part of an announcement tour between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Among Democrats, Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are drawing the most attention almost two years before the actual vote.

Edwards, however, is in a strong position as the leading candidate in Iowa. He was a top fundraiser in the race for the nomination in 2004 before he became Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s running mate.

Could John Edwards with Barack Obama’s help become the “ANYONE BUT HILLARY” candidate?

Very possible – now that John Kerry has self-destructed and Al Gore continues to rule out a run.

Al Gore could take Hillary and end the race early. But, does he have the will to run?

Doubtful

And apparently Evan Bayh does not wish to run for Vice President.

Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana announced on Saturday he will not seek the presidency in 2008, saying he believes the odds of a successful run were too great to overcome.

“At the end of the day, I concluded that due to circumstances beyond our control the odds were longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue,” Bayh said in a statement. “This path – and these long odds – would have required me to be essentially absent from the Senate for the next year instead of working to help the people of my state and the nation.”

Bayh from a RED STATE – Indiana had little chance in this race. It is doubtful that with either Hillary, Obama, Gore or Edwards as the presidential nominee that he is the right fit for even ticket balancing.

Stay tuned as Edwards makes the push in Iowa and Obama splits away Hilary’s constituency.

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U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)(L) and Evan Bayh (D-IN)(R) listen to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) during the testimony of U.S. Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 5, 2006.

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