Re: [prezveepsenator] Former Sen. Sam Nunn weighs run for White House
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> Former Sen. Sam Nunn weighs run for White House
> By JIM GALLOWAY /
> The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
> Published on: 08/19/07
> Sam Nunn left the U.S. Senate more than 10 years
> Since then, the Georgia Democrat, who made his name
> nationally as a defense-minded hawk, has watched
> what's happened to the country, and he's more than a
> bit ticked at the "fiasco" in Iraq, a federal
> spinning out of control, the lack of an honest
> policy, and a presidential contest that, he says,
> seems designed to thwart serious discussion of the
> looming crises.
> In an hourlong interview, in his small office on
> Marietta Street on the edge of the Georgia Tech
> campus, Nunn acknowledged that he like former
> Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich is considering a
> run for the White House next year.
> But unlike Gingrich, Nunn would run outside the
> traditional two-party structure.
> "It's a possibility, not a probability," said Nunn,
> now the head of a nonprofit organization out to
> the threat posed by nuclear, biological and chemical
> weaponry. "My own thinking is, it may be a time for
> the country to say, 'Timeout. The two-party system
> served us well, historically, but it's not serving
> The 68-year-old former senator, still considered one
> of the foremost experts on national security,
> confirmed that he's discussed a presidential run as
> part of several conversations with Michael
> the New York mayor.
> More important, Nunn said he's been in touch with
> Unity '08, a group with a goal of fielding a
> bipartisan or independent ticket for president.
> Initial talks began with Hamilton Jordan, a
> of Unity '08 and former chief of staff to President
> Jimmy Carter.
> Doug Bailey, a Republican strategist and another
> co-founder, said Nunn was given "a more detailed
> briefing" from the group this summer.
> Nunn said he's not likely to make up his mind until
> next year, probably after the early rush of
> presidential primaries have produced de facto
> for both parties. He said the decision will depend
> largely on what he hears from the current
> The only certainty, he said, is that he won't be
> anybody's candidate for vice president.
> Former state lawmaker Larry Walker of Perry, a close
> friend who replaced Nunn in the state House 35 years
> ago, believes Nunn is even more serious than his
> comments suggest.
> "I think he's determined to affect the debate in the
> presidential race," he said.
> Walker said Nunn is under no illusion third-party
> presidential candidates are historically poor
> finishers. "But I also think he realizes the
> have changed so much as a result of the Internet.
> We're not in the Ross Perot era," Walker said.
> In the interview, Nunn admitted he is also tempted
> the fact that a presidential run would offer him a
> world stage to press for a revolutionary shift in
> defense and foreign policy.
> In January, Nunn joined with a coterie of defense
> diplomatic experts that include Henry Kissinger and
> George Shultz to argue that the collapse of the
> Union and the rise of terrorism have forever altered
> the calculus of war.
> In a new era in which the chief concern is Islamic
> jihadism, a world security system built around a
> nuclear stand-off between the United States and
> has become "obsolete," Nunn says.
> Ultimately, he said, if there's to be any chance of
> persuading smaller countries to give up nuclear
> weapons technology and keep it out of the hands of
> increasingly sophisticated terrorists world powers
> will have to put themselves on a gradual, verifiable
> path toward total nuclear disarmament. That includes
> the United States.
> "What I'm describing is a different world than the
> I was in during the Cold War," Nunn said.
> A native of Perry who went to Washington at age 34,
> Nunn abandoned national politics at the height of
> popularity in 1997, two years after Democrats lost
> control of Congress and Nunn lost chairmanship of
> Senate Armed Services Committee.
> In Democratic circles, Nunn served as a mainstay for
> party centrists, but also developed an unusually
> strong following among Republicans who liked Nunn's
> independence and his emphasis on defense and fiscal
> Though not as well-known as he once was, Nunn's
> reputation in Georgia remains high. On Tuesday, the
> Rome News-Tribune, responding to the first reports
> Nunn's interest in the presidency, promptly endorsed
> Like Carter and Gingrich, who became U.S. House
> speaker in 1994, Nunn was a center of Georgia
> influence in Washington. Unlike Carter and Gingrich,
> he has remained largely out of the limelight in his
> post-Washington years. He's written no books, and
> a man who still speaks in paragraphs instead of
> bites isn't a regular on high-paying talk
> Instead, Nunn has remained quietly plugged into the
> nitty-gritty issues of U.S. defense and foreign
> policy. In July, he was one of four other Americans
> corralled by Kissinger into private talks in Moscow
> with President Vladimir Putin and other Russian
> heavyweights on how to improve U.S.-Russian
> Next week, he returns to Moscow with U.S. Sen.
> Lugar (R-Ind.) to mark the 15th anniversary of the
> Nunn-Lugar Act, which has provided U.S. funding and
> expertise to help the former Soviet Union safeguard
> and dismantle its stockpiles of nuclear, chemical
> biological weapons.
> Nunn is also CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a
> private charitable organization originally
> by Ted Turner. The group's headquarters is in
> Washington, but Nunn operates out of his office at
> Tech, where he holds an honorary professorship.
> Because of his well-mined expertise, for the past 20
> years he has been a perennial possibility when
> presidential tickets are discussed. Each time he's
> quickly said no.
> What's different this time?
> "I am frustrated, and clearly frustrated, with the
> fact that I think my children and grandchildren are
> not going to have the kind of future they should be
> having," Nunn said.
> Political debate has been captured by the extreme
> wings of both parties, he said, ignoring solutions
> that can only be found in the middle.
> "I do not see tough calls willing to be made by the
> body politic," he said.
> Nunn singled out the debate over energy and global
> warming. Those most concerned with global warming
> won't consider nuclear energy as an alternative, he
> said. Those who advocate energy independence ignore
> the fact that there is "no analysis whatsoever that
> could lead you to believe we're going to be
> independent in this country on energy," Nunn said.
- Nunn-Bloomberg... Nunn-Hagel?
--- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:
> A Nunn-Lugar ticket, perhaps?