Senator Christopher Dodd announces 2008 presidential bid

Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) has thrown his hat into the 2008 presidential race.Dodd made the formal announcement Thursday on the "Imus in the Morning" radio show. The senator said he made the decision because there is a sense of urgency about foreign and domestic issues. He was expected to travel late Thursday to Iowa, where the first presidential nominating caucus is held next January. He also planned to travel to one of the early primary states, South Carolina, on Sunday.The 26-year veteran of the Senate became chairman of the influential Senate Banking Committee this month and is also a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. During his time in Washington, he has focused on fiscal corporate accountability and various children's issues including education. In 2002, Dodd supported military intervention in Iraq. He now says his vote was a mistake and opposes increasing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.Dodd, 62, joins a Democratic field that includes Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Illinois Senator Barack Obama are also considering presidential bids.

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