Rep. Bobby Scott Won't Run For Senate | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Rep. Bobby Scott Won't Run For Senate

Play associated audio
 Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) chairs a House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing in 2009. Scott will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012, he announced Sept. 5. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/edlabordems/3352095330/
 Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) chairs a House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearing in 2009. Scott will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012, he announced Sept. 5. 

 

Virginia Democrat Rep. Bobby Scott has decided against running for U.S. Senate, he said Monday. 

During an annual Democratic Labor Day Picnic in Newport News, Va., Scott, a 10-term representative, instead endorsed Democratic former Gov. Tim Kaine for the 2012 race.

Scott had hinted at a possible run for the seat Sen. Jim Webb will vacate with his retirement after only one term, saying he'd make up his mind this summer. He waited until the traditional end-of-summer holiday to announce his decision. 

In a statement, Scott said though he believes he can win the nomination and the general election -- he wasn't willing to postpone his work in Congress for the 14 months required to run a winning campaign. Scott also said the drawn-out redistricting process in Virginia had played a role in his decision not to run. Congressional redistricting is still ongoing in the state, and lawmakers will take up various plans again this fall.

Kaine holds prohibitive fundraising and name recognition advantages over untested opposition for his party's nomination in the marquee 2012 race in Virginia, a new presidential battleground. 

Among Republicans, former Gov. George Allen has a commanding polling and fundraising edge on the GOP field, including Virginia tea party leader Jamie Radtke. 

 

WAMU 88.5

Second Annual Funk Parade To Take Over U Street

This weekend you can get funky on U Street with live music, a street festival and a parade, as tomorrow marks the second Funk Parade. Funk Parade organizers couldn't get a permit to march down U Street last year, but the crowd veered off V Street anyway to where co-founder Justin Rood always...
NPR

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
NPR

Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

On this Memorial Day, the Obama administration finds itself defending its foreign policy strategy in Iraq where the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has captured the city of Ramadi.
NPR

In California, Technology Makes "Droughtshaming" Easier Than Ever

As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.