Being that Tom Vilsack was a DLC Democrat (like Hillary), I wasn't a huge fan, but none the less it is sad that he couldn't compete with the front-runners.
Vilsack to drop out of presidential contest
By Mike Glover, Associated Press
Last update: February 23, 2007 – 10:41 AM
DES MOINES, Iowa —
Democrat Tom Vilsack is abandoning his bid for the presidency after struggling against better-known, better-financed rivals, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
Vilsack was scheduled to make a formal announcement later in the day. The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting the former Iowa governor's statement.
Vilsack left office in January and traveled through states holding early tests of strength, but he attracted neither the attention nor the campaign cash of his top tier rivals — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and John Edwards.
In the most recent financial documents, Vilsack reported raising more than $1.1 million in the last seven weeks of 2006 but only had around $396,000 cash in the bank. Some campaign finance experts contend the candidates will need $20 million by June 2007.
Vilsack's decision still leaves a crowded field of eight Democrats dominated by Clinton, Obama and Edwards.