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Gay Marriage Champ Russ Feingold Won't Run for President in '08

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, a champion of marriage equality, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel over the weekend that he wouldn't be running for President in 2008. Feingold has been considering a run since 2005, but said that doing so would "dismantle" his professional and personal life.

Feingold_1Said Feingold: "I never got to that point where I'd rather be running around the country, running for president, than being a senator from Wisconsin...It would have required the craziest combination of things in the history of American politics to make it work."

Feingold has been vocal in both his opposition to a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as well as full marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

Added Feingold, who did not rule out a run in the future: "I began with the feeling I didn't really want to do this but was open to the possibility that getting around the country would make me want to do it. That never happened. People have always portrayed me as ambitious. I'm not ashamed of that. But I have never had a craving to be president of the United States. I used to say it when I was 5 or 7 years old. But I haven't really been saying it as an adult."

Feingold said his first choice for a presidential candidate would be someone he sees eye-to-eye with on Iraq, but stopped short of endorsing anyone: "The first choice would be somebody who voted against this unfortunate Iraq war. That may not be available. Second choice is somebody who at least said it was a bad idea. . . . I would be happy if Obama or (Al) Gore ran."

Feingold rules out 2008 run for president [milwaukee journal sentinel]

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A lot of folks are talking about Russ Feingold's appearance Sunday on Meet the Press. I agree, the Democrats could learn a lot from the Wisconsin Senator about articulating their message:

"The worst thing we could possibly do is what Vice President Cheney and President Bush did, which was take us into an unnecessary war that had nothing to do with 9/11 on false pretenses. They have done the worst thing that’s ever been done in this regard. The question is, do we just keep making the same mistake over and over again? Do we just stay in Iraq so that Cheney and Bush can say that, that they were right? That appears to be why we’re there. That appears to be the only logical reason to stay in a situation that is draining our military, that is hurting our recruiting, that is allowing Osama bin Laden to have us exactly where he wants us."

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FeingoldWhen a meeting regarding a "mark-up" to the proposed Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage was today moved from a public Senate room to a restricted access room (the "President's Room") inside the U.S. Capitol, Russ Feingold objected to the move and had a heated exchange with Arlen Specter, the Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman.

This is what reportedly happened, according to the Associated Press, after Feingold, upset at the change to a restricted venue, "declared his opposition to the amendment, his affinity for the Constitution and his intention to leave the meeting."

"I don't need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., shouted after Sen. Russ Feingold declared his opposition to the amendment, his affinity for the Constitution and his intention to leave the meeting.

"If you want to leave, good riddance," Specter finished.

"I've enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman," replied Feingold, D-Wis., who is considering a run for president in 2008. "See ya."

Specter has said he is "totally opposed" to the amendment, and "later said he would have been willing to hold the session in the usual room had he thought doing so would change votes." Bill Frist has scheduled a vote on the proposed amendment for the week of June 5.

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