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Bradley calls 2004 presidential bid unlikely

October 20, 2002

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— Former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley said Saturday that he was unlikely to make a second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in two years.

"I don't think I'm going to do it," Bradley said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Bradley ran against former Vice President Al Gore in 2000 and was initially seen as a serious threat to Gore. He campaigned heavily in early primaries but never won a state and soon left the race.

Since that time, Bradley has campaigned sparingly in Iowa and other key states and has not sent any signals about his intent. Bradley also hasn't taken any steps to put together another campaign organization, so his comments Saturday were not surprising.

Bradley also recently removed himself from consideration when New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli decided to not seek re-election.

Bradley was in Iowa to raise money for Democratic congressional candidate John Norris, who is running against 4th District incumbent Rep. Tom Latham.

Bradley has written extensively since his presidential run and he said he prefers to focus on that.

"I've made some commitments now, and I'm going to keep those commitments," Bradley said.

He said he would make a formal decision soon.

By tradition, presidential candidates make their intentions known relatively soon after midterm elections, which are Nov. 5.

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