Last month, Illinois U.S. Senator Roland Burris clearly said he would not be a candidate in the 2010 election. That's why this was a bit confusing: in an interview with ABC News, Burris ever-so-barely left open the door to a run. "You never say never," he said.
It seems like every other day more politicians say they're thinking about running for a new office, launching exploratory committees or finally pulling the trigger on a candidacy. We know it's hard to keep track of it all. It's even confusing us, and it's our job to keep track of it all.
Last Thursday, we asked Illinois Governor Pat Quinn what mistakes he's made in his first six months in office, and what he'd learned from them. He asked for a week to think about it.
It's now been a week. So we put the question to the governor again.
Quinn's New Answer
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has not yet said if he's running for reelection in 2011. And don't look for an announcement anytime soon. The mayor officially kicked-off his last four campaigns (see chart below) in the December before the election, around the time ballot petitions are due.
On April 13, 2004, President George W. Bush was asked at a White House news conference to name his biggest mistake after the September 11th attacks, and what lessons he'd learned from it. According to this transcript from the New York Times, the president said this: