Nestor Ramos of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader has an article online entitled "Tom Daschle considers bid for president." Here's the story in full:
Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle is weighing the possibility of running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
"I have recieved a lot of encouragement," Daschle said in an email today to the Argus Leader.
Daschle didn't rule out the possibility of an official announcement in the near future. But for now, he said, he has no plans to run for national office.
In his email, Daschle said the primary factors in his decision "would be my family and our mutual decision to consider the rigors of a campaign and reentry into public life."
Daschle made similar comments over the weekend to another publication. In a Saturday story in the National Journal, Daschle said he was "taking a look at" entering the race.
Analysts see the 2008 race beginning to take shape, with candidates and possible candidates from both parties hinting more openly about their plans.
Larry Sabato, a political expert at the University of Virginia, said Daschle was not in his latest rankings of likely Democratic candidates because he wasn't convinced Daschle would run.
"I wouldn’t call him the favorite, or even second or third. But it’s early," Sabato said.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's Argus Leader.