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Sen. Dodd 'Itchy' About Possible White House Run in 2008

Wednesday, 05 April 2006 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Christopher Dodd in 2008? "It's an itch," the Connecticut senator said in an interview when asked about a possible presidential bid. "Could grow. Could disappear. It's an itch. It's not a bad word to use."

The field for 2008 is expected to be standing-room-only for Democrats and Republicans since there is no political heir apparent to President Bush. If Dodd does decide to seek the Democratic nomination, he need look no further than the Senate for competition, with possible candidates such as Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and 2004 presidential nominee JohnKerry of Massachusetts.

"It's a little itch at this point," Dodd said Monday.

Dodd said he realizes that the field is starting to take shape. Other Democratic presidential hopefuls are already laying the foundation for possible White House bids, traveling to key primary states, lining up campaign staffers and courting top fundraisers.

"If you have any thoughts of doing it, you ought to make up your mind pretty quickly because the window closes," Dodd said.

He did not offer any timetable on a decision.

Dodd, 61, also noted that he has his hands full as a senator and as the father of two daughters, ages 1 and 4.

"I'm still pretty much focused on the state, my young family," he said.

"Someone said the other day if you're ever going to do it, you ought to do it while they're 1 and 4. They won't remember," he joked.

Dodd, meanwhile, predicted that his colleague Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., will turn back a Democratic primary challenge to his Senate seat. Rival candidate Ned Lamont has criticized Lieberman's support of the Iraq war.

"He prevails in all of this," Dodd said of Lieberman. "But it will make the next 18 weeks uncomfortable. ... He's gotta pay attention to it, and he is."

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