Campaign makes 2008 'John Edwards for President' run official

Published: Wednesday December 27, 2006
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Former Senator John Edwards' campaign made the news official today. The Democratic Vice Presidential candidate in 2004 will be taking another run at the White House in 2008.

According to the Associated Press, Edwards' "campaign got a little ahead of itself Wednesday and announced his intentions online."

"Better a day earlier than a day late," Edwards adviser Jennifer Palmieri told the AP.

The former North Carolina senator was tied with Illinois Senator Barack Obama in the latest Iowa poll, but may face stiff competition from New York Senator Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator Barack Obama, and even his former running mate in 2004, Senator John Kerry, if any or all of the high-profile contenders also decide to compete for the Democratic nomination.

Edwards will formally announce his candidacy on Thursday in New Orleans, and is slated to travel to Iowa next.

"In choosing the unusual 'slow news' period between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Edwards is attempting to steal a march on Clinton, whose candidacy is regarded as most observers as a near-certainty, and Obama, who is expected to announce a determination early in the new year about whether he’ll run or not," Congressional Quarterly observed.