AP: Sanei won't seek 2008 run
Sassan Sanei, a longshot contender for the U.S. presidency in 2008, announced today that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president.
"I'm sure a campaign for president would have been a great adventure and helpful in advancing a progressive agenda," Mr. Sanei said in an interview with the Associated Press. "At this time, however, I believe I can best advance that progressive agenda as an occasional blogger with both a high-speed Internet connection and significant CPU resources at my disposal, as well as numerous taped reruns of Boston Legal."
Mr. Sanei's chances of winning the presidency were widely perceived as slim by observers of all political stripes. In addition to the absence on his resume of any public office whatsoever at any level of American government, his prospects were further hampered by the U.S. constitutional requirement that the president be born in America and be at least 35 years old. Mr. Sanei does not meet either requirement, as he is a 33-year-old Canadian citizen who resides in Ontario. In the past, he has conceded that a constitutional amendment prior to 2008 allowing him to serve as president -- the so-called "Arnold Amendment" -- would be "unlikely" but he did not formally reject the idea of a campaign until today.
Mr. Sanei added that he would remain open to the possibility of serving as vice-president to Democratic front-runners Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, if asked to. He also has not publicly ruled out a 2008 run for the Senate.