Kerry won't run again in 2008

It looks like the Democrats' 2004 nominee won't try again:

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who fell 118,601 Ohio votes short of the White House in 2004, said Wednesday he will not run for president in 2008.

"We came close ... certainly close enough to be tempted to try again," the Massachusetts senator said, recalling his defeat.

"There are powerful reasons to want to continue that fight now. But I have concluded this isn't the time for me to mount a presidential campaign."

His decision leaves a field of nine Democrats running or signaling their intention to do so, including Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, and John Edwards, Kerry's 2004 vice presidential running mate.
Many people are glad Kerry won't run again because he's been our nominee and he wasn't successful, so it's time for someone new. The fact that he lost the election is not what bothers me; the fact that he lost to Bush - and the numerous less-than-intelligent things he has said - do bother me.

Kerry's many slips of the tongue include his 'botched joke' just before the 2004 elections, calling Green Bay's Lambeau Field 'Lambert Field,' and saying he "voted for the $87 billion before I vboted against it." With all due respect to Kerry, he is, quite frankly, one of the more embarrassing Democrats today.

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