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"'Americans sent a clear message on Tuesday,' Vilsack said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that will be released Thursday."

"'They want leaders who share their values, understand their needs and respect their intelligence. That's what I've done as governor of Iowa and that's what I intend to do as president.'"

Glover also reports on the Governor's upcoming multi-state announcement tour and gala fundraiser. "Vilsack said he will also announce his candidacy in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Nevada and South Carolina. Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh, and the other states are all important early tests of strength in the nominating process," writes Glover.

"Vilsack said in his statement that he plans a 'Gala Celebration of American Community' in Des Moines on Dec. 2 as his initial fundraising event. He's also opening a campaign headquarters in Des Moines. Iowa's precinct caucuses traditionally launch the nominating season, and Vilsack's first test in his home state will be vital to his presidential hopes."

The Des Moines Register's Thomas Beaumont writes up Gov. Tom Vilsack's run for president in 2008. Per Beaumont, Vilsack says his biggest obstacle to the Oval Office will be his ability to fundraise. LINK

And Register staff writer Lynn Campbell provides some color. LINK

2008:

USA Today reports on political Noteables ready to launch their 2008 campaigns. LINK

Democratic agenda:

Leadership elections are scheduled for Thursday November 16.

Susan Miligan of the Boston Globe writes up Speaker-to-be Pelosi, but Notes that some leadership elections may cause divisions within the Democratic Party. LINK

Josephine Hearn of The Hill also looks at the competition for Democratic leadership seats. LINK

The Hill's Elana Schor reports that Senate Minority Leader Henry Reid (D-NV) reached out to Republicans saying "We want to work with them to get things done. We want to be part of a Congress that functions," and commented on the competition for Senate committee leadership. LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper discusses the "conservative spin" on the election in his Political Punch blog. Tapper also flags the race to be House Majority Leader: Will it be Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) or Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)? LINK

GOP agenda:

Leadership elections are scheduled for Friday November 17.

The Hill's Patrick O'Connor writes that Speaker Dennis Hastert decision not to run for minority leader led many GOP lawmakers, such as Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to declare their candidacy. LINK

Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times bids adieu to Speaker Hastert from the GOP leadership ranks. LINK

The Washington Times' Charles Hurt quotes Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Republican Whip in line to be Republican Leader, saying: "In the Senate, the minority is never irrelevant unless it falls down into the very small numbers. I don't think, as a practical matter, it's going to make a whole lot of difference in the Senate, being at 49." LINK

Polling potpourri:

In a modern politico-media marketplace, in which striving for rigorous and accurate polling methodology is sometimes considered quaint, it is always nice to remind Note readers that ABC News' Gary Langer (who will be moderating a sure-to-be fascinating discussion with White Ayers and Mark Mellman in New York City today) has got it fully going on when it comes to rigor and accuracy, along with his colleagues at our Washington Post polling partner.

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