U.S. Senator Dodd bows out of presidential race
Friday, January 4, 2008
Dodd ended the night with the sobering support of just one state delegate's support in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. That was still better than Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich, who each received no votes of support. However, neither Gravel or Kucinich conceded, only Dodd and Joe Biden, who won the votes of 23 state delegates, or 1% of the vote.
Dodd's campaign began last year, at the Old State House in Connecticut, the location "where the first written constitution guaranteeing the right to representative government was enacted".
Dodd admitted that he "always knew" that his campaign would "be an uphill battle against very tough odds." But he rationalized that only "when you try can you truly make a difference. And that, my friends, we did."
Selections from his speech
Dodd recalled advice from his father, imparted nearly forty years ago: "There's no other calling in life where you can do as much for as many people as you can through public service. Lawyers only have so many clients. Doctors only so many patients. But a well-intentioned public servant can make a difference in the lives of millions."
Biden commented "I am not going away. I'm returning to the Senate as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will continue to ensure that we protect the nation’s security and show our country that Democrats know how to keep America safe, keep our commitment to our troops and restore our country’s respect in the world."
- "Huckabee, Obama win Iowa caucuses" — Wikinews, January 4, 2008
- "US presidential candidate Dodd applauded by League of Conservation" — Wikinews, June 1, 2007
- Mark Murray. "More oh-eight (D): Biden and Dodd out" — , January 4, 2008
- Chris Dodd. "Dodd's Concession Speech" — , January 3, 2008
- "Primaries and Caucuses Results: Iowa" — , January 3, 2008