Dodd Announces Presidential Run
The five-term Senator, who has been in Congress since 1974, says that he will skip forming an exploratory committee and will jump right into being "a full-fledged candidate" for president.
"I'm a fresh face to a lot of people in the country," Dodd said. "I know how to do this. I know what has to be done."
The 62-year-old Dodd joins fellow Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa in the Democratic field that is surprisingly large at this early stage of the election cycle.
“I’m not as well-known as some of the others candidates who’ll be running, but a year from now we’ll still be talking about the first caucuses and primaries, and 12 months is more than a lifetime in politics,” he said. “I decided I wanted to get off the — out of the bleachers and on the arena floor and make my case.”
Dodd has been married to Jackie Marie Clegg since 1999 and they have two young daughters, ages 5 and 22 months.