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Tom Vilsack on Principles & Values

Democratic IA Governor


Abandoned at birth; adopted out from orphanage

Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa and a major Hillary supporter, went in as the underdog for Agriculture Secretary to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who had supported Obama early. Vilsack, who had been abandoned at birth and adopted out of a Roman Catholic orphanage, connected immediately with Obama, especially when they started talking about the 28 million Americans on food stamps. At one point Obama exclaimed, "Wow, you're passionate about this stuff!" In the end, after a detailed conversation about biofuels, he said simply, "Well, you got it." Obama told him that the top priority of his department should be that American children be well fed. Like so many other moves Obama had made, this was a strikingly different emphasis for the department: simple, even obvious, but significant. Since its founding in the Lincoln administration, the USDA had always been focused on serving (or pandering to) farmers. Now it was to have another central mission.
Source: The Promise: Obama Year One, by Jonathan Alter, p. 61 , May 18, 2010

Heartland PAC supports 22 statewide candidates plus IA & NH

Heartland PAC was formed by Tom Vilsack to support the election of Democrats.
Source: PAC website, www.HeartlandPac.org , Dec 1, 2006

Launches presidential bid; files FEC paperwork

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a centrist Democrat seeking an early edge in an all-but-certain crowded presidential field, launched a long-shot bid for the White House. 15 months before his own state holds caucuses--the first step in the nominating process-- Vilsack announced his candidacy, filed documents with the Federal Election Commission and heralded a multistate tour beginning Nov. 30.

The governor is the first Democrat to file for the presidency although a number of better known candidates are presumed to be running. “Americans sent a clear message on Tuesday. They want leaders who will take this country in a new direction,” he said. “They want leaders who share their values, understand their needs, and respect their intelligence. That’s what I’ve done as governor of Iowa, and that’s what I intend to do as president.”

In polls, Vilsack has trailed the other potential candidates, among them Hillary Clinton & John Edwards. The governor even was behind in a survey of Iowans.

Source: 2008 speculation by Associated Press in Forbes Mag , Nov 9, 2006

Religious affiliation: Catholic.

Vilsack : religious affiliation:

The Adherents.com website is an independent project and is not supported by or affiliated with any organization (academic, religious, or otherwise).

What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH11 on Nov 7, 2000

Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.

Vilsack signed the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.