NEW YORK, December 14, 2006 — Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack will make his first appearance as a guest on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Monday, December 18 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Governor Vilsack recently was the first to announce his intentions to run for the 2008 Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
Governor Vilsack was elected as Iowa’s 39th Governor in 1998, the first Democratic governor of the state in more than 30 years. He was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2002. Under Governor Vilsack’s leadership, the state has enjoyed a record number of employed Iowans, has made significant investments in Iowa’s education system, has increased the number of Iowans with health care coverage, and is a national leader in renewable energy, with the state now leading the nation in producing ethanol and biodiesel and ranking third in the nation in wind energy production. As Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council and former Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, he is a recognized national leader on education, healthcare, economic development and renewable energy. Governor Vilsack will leave office in January of 2007, fulfilling a 1998 campaign promise to serve only two terms, to seek the 2008 Democratic nomination for President (www.tomvilsack08.com)
Other politicians who have appeared on “The Daily Show” include former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, former Vice President Al Gore, Senators John McCain, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, Joseph Lieberman, John Kerry, Joe Biden, Bob Kerrey, Charles Schumer, Norm Coleman, Arlen Specter, Ted Kennedy, Trent Lott, Rick Santorum, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator John Edwards, who announced his intention to run for the 2004 Democratic nomination during an appearance on “The Daily Show” on September 15, 2003. In addition, General Pervez Musharraf, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, was Stewart’s guest on September 26, 2006, marking the first time a sitting head of state had appeared on the show.
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