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July 20, 2006  


J U S T   P O L I T I C S


Vilsack and Hillary Clinton... together in Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa, was the place chosen for the unveiling of the Democratic Leadership Council's (DLC) grand unveiling of a $220 billion Democratic initiative to send more students to college.

Why tout the endeavor in Iowa? Because Iowa Gov. Vilsack is chairman of the DLC.

 The event brought Hillary Clinton to Des Moines as well, fueling speculation about Vilsack and Clinton in 2008... as political opponents vying for the same presidential nomination OR as political running mates.

An article in the Des Moines Register cited the possibilities:

Vilsack and Clinton are considered possible opponents in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, and some pundits and activists have suggested they could even wind up as running mates. Vilsack has been traveling the country as he appears to be exploring a bid.

But those political undertones went unmentioned as they, along with U.S. Sen. Mike Easley of North Carolina and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware outlined a plan called the “American Dream Initiative” by the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. It is the first portion of a larger plan encompassing more domestic issues to be unveiled at a council conference in Denver later this month. Vilsack is chairman of the council.

And who would pay for the DLC's  $220 billion plan?

It would be paid for by cutting corporate subsidies, Clinton said. A position paper suggested that an independent commission like the military base-closing commission be created that would scrutinize business subsidies and present recommendations to Congress for an up-or-down vote.

... Democrats are in the minority in Congress, and Clinton acknowledged that the plan has little chance of success unless control changes in November.



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