Presidential candidate won’t rule out Torch for VP

The first declared candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination refused to rule out Bob Torricelli as a Vice Presidential candidate. Mike Gravel, a former U.S. Senator from Alaska, told PoliticsNH.com that he plans to campaign in New Jersey’s February 26, 2008 primary, but could not identify any local supporters of his campaign. He declined several opportunities to say that he would not consider Torricelli as his running mate. Gravel won public office in 1968, when he upset an incumbent U.S. Senator in the Democratic primary. Three years later, he made national headlines when he read 4,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers in to the Congressional Record and waged a filbuster in opposition to the draft. He lost his bid for re-election to a third term in 1980 (to the grandson of the Senator he had defeated). Gravel’s closest Garden State ties seem to be from his tenture as head of the Washington-based Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, which was founded by a group of aides to then-Congressman James Courter (Mac Carey and Dennis Teti) in Morristown in 1985; Ambassador Clifford Sobel served on the board with Gravel.

Presidential candidate won’t rule out Torch for VP