Vilsack Endorses Clinton
Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who dropped his brief presidential bid last month, endorsed Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s candidacy for the White House on Monday.
“This is the person to be the next president of the United States,” Vilsack said at a news conference with Clinton. “She is tried, she is tested and she is ready.”
Vilsack said the endorsement was in part a result of the former first lady’s fund-raising efforts on his behalf during his first campaign for governor in 1998.
“In politics, loyalty is a commodity that is rare,” Vilsack said.
I realize that I’m not an expert on presidential campaign politics (mostly because I find it to be horribly depressing), but doesn’t this seem to be a bit early for Vilsack’s endorsement? You’d think he’d wait until it was closer to crunch time in Iowa and court the top two or three candidates in an attempt to leverage his endorsement into something meaningful, like a Cabinet post or something. As it is now, his endorsement will probably just be forgotten in a week–too obscure even for political trivia games.