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  •  Rosalie - Launtenberg would have been 91 in '14 (1+ / 0-)
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    When Booker announced he was running in 2014 it was well past the time that Sen Launtenberg should have announced that he would be retiring from the Senate. Other politicians in NJ wanted to know if Booker was planning on challenging Christie in the Gov race, or if he was planning on entering the race for US Senator.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 10:47:48 AM PDT

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    •  I saw no signs he was incapable of doing the job. (0+ / 0-)

      If he wants to die in office, and the people of NJ are OK electing him, that seems fine to me, as long as he's capable of doing the job.

      I had more problems with Robert Byrd, who was really incapacitated, as much as I respect him.

      Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 02:18:43 PM PDT

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      •  I think that if Lautenberg wanted to run for (0+ / 0-)

        re-election that was fine. But at 91 he should not have had an expectation that he would not be challenged in the Democratic primary. There were already polls that showed he could not beat Booker in a primary.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 02:37:17 PM PDT

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        •  Booker's a young man. It's hardly required, but (0+ / 0-)

          it would not have killed him to wait six years. There were certainly other things he could do, like run for Governor.

          Ou sont les neigedens d'antan?

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 02:40:45 PM PDT

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          •  Why should Booker have waited? (0+ / 0-)

            If he preferred to run for the Senate, Lautenberg would be 91, and the polls suggested he would win? It was a time for a changing of the guard. When Lautenberg read the polls he had a decision to make. It's hardball, not bean bag.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 02:57:44 PM PDT

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