Daschle to Run Again? For What?

On the record with Tom Daschle,” by Tim Fernholz, Georgetown Voice, 28 April 2005, http://www.georgetownvoice.com/news/2005/04/28/News/On.The.Record.With.Tom.Daschle-942532.shtml?page=2 (from South Dakota Politics).

Daschle’s not content with Thune being the highest profile South Dakotan.

As to your own political career, do you foresee a return to public office, perhaps a run for South Dakota governor?

I’ve always felt that it’s important that you never close any doors, and I’m not going to be closing doors in my political life for the foreseeable future. I don’t have any current plans to get back into elective political office, but I won’t say, and I couldn’t say, that that wouldn’t happen. We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds and what opportunities present themselves.

Daschle’s wife is a professional DC lobbyist, and unlikely to move out to Pierre. Tom is unlikely to want to be a Representative. Thta leaves Senator, Vice President, or President.

He couldn’t run for Senate before 2008, when the election will be Johnson v. Rounds. In 2010 he can challenge Thune again. Of course, if Thune resigns his seat to become Vice President, there’s an empty seat Daschle might easily take. Of course, “Democrat” Representative Stephanie Herseth would want the spot too.

President or VP is just as likely. Daschle was close to running for President in ’04 — so close that the Sioux Falls Argus Leader said he was — so that’s most likely. He doesn’t have a chance, so hoping for an Executive spot doesn’t make sense. Then again, his hard-line opposition to President Bush during his (attempted) reelection didn’t make sense,either.

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