Vilsack for President
There?s good news from the Hawkeye state. Our governor, Tom Vilsack, has announced that he is running for president in 2008. (Visit his web site here.)
For those not familiar with our governor, I?ll tell you a bit. He has been in office for the past eight years. He kept our state budget going well through out the recession a few years back. He?s pushed alternate energy initiatives. He kept our schools going despite No Child Left Behind. He?s been very Iowan.
Before becoming the governor, Vilsack served in the state senate. Before that, he was the mayor of Mount Pleasant. That?s a lot of time spent in service to the state, especially for an immigrant (he?s originally from Pennsylvania). He seems to be very dedicated to service.
He isn?t perfect, of course. After the 9/11 attacks, he maintained his steady hand. Unfortunately, there were those who needed a stronger voice, more of a figurehead who could reassure them. It?s not that Vilsack did anything wrong, but there was more he could have done. Still, if that is the worst he?s done, it?s not too bad.
I don?t think you can find a better candidate for president. He?s capable, intelligent, and personable. Unlike John Kerry, Vilsack is genuinely likeable. Unlike Bush, Vilsack can speak English. Yep, Vilsack should be the next President of the United States.