Chris Dodd

Candidate status: Dropped out January 3, 2008
Filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC on January 11, 2007

States won: None

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Current job: U.S. senator from Connecticut

Birth date: May 27, 1944; Willimantic, Connecticut

Family: Married Jackie Clegg; two children, Grace and Christina

Religion: Roman Catholic

Education: Providence College, B.A., 1966; University of Louisville, J.D., 1972

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We Democrats have a job to do and that is to unite this party, attract independents and Republicans seeking change to join us ... and elect a Democrat to the White House and to hold on to the House and Senate.
-- at the November 15 CNN Democratic debate
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Some supporters, who may have also contributed to other candidates, include:
Alec Baldwin, actor
Attended New York fundraiser for Dodd and gave $2,100 to Dodd's Senate campaign in 2006
Alec Baldwin
Jeffrey Bewkes, president of Time Warner
Donated $4,600
Jeffrey Bewkes
John Lithgow, actor
Donated $1,000
Steve Martin, actor
Donated $2,300
Steve Martin
Ronald Meyer, president and CEO of Universal Studios
Donated $4,400
Lorne Michaels, "Saturday Night Live" creator
Donated $4,600
Lorne Michaels
Christy Romano, actress/singer
Donated $300
Elisabeth Shue, actress
Donated $1,500
Elisabeth Shue
Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell, musicians
Each donated $4,600 for a total of $9,200
Paul Simon
* Money figures are according to FEC
Some of the top and notable advisers, according to the campaigns and/or media reports.
Sheryl Cohen, campaign manager
Recently served as Dodd's chief of staff in the Senate.
Jim Jordan, senior adviser
Former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and former campaign manager for Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign
Matt Butler, deputy campaign manager
A deputy campaign manager on Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign
Scott Arceneaux, political director
A former executive director of the Louisiana State Democratic Party
Amos Hochstein, policy director
A former executive vice president at the Washington-based lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates.
Vince Frillici, finance director
Veteran fundraiser who served as the national finance director for the senator's re-election in 2004.
Stan Greenberg, pollster
Veteran Democratic pollster, backing Dodd with business partner Al Quinlan and wife Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut
Stan Greenberg
Doug Sosnik, adviser
Former NBA executive, senior advisor for policy and strategy in Clinton administration, chief of staff in Dodd's Senate office
Doug Sosnik
* Special Notes
• Delegate counts represent CNN's most recent estimate for each candidate. For Democrats, the figures include pledged delegates and superdelegates. For Republicans, the figures include pledged delegates and unpledged RNC member delegates. There are currently 4,234 total delegates to the Democratic National Convention, including 3,409 pledged delegates and 825 superdelegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 2,118. There are currently 2,380 total delegates to the Republican National Convention, including 1,917 pledged delegates and 463 unpledged delegates. The total number of delegate votes needed to win the nomination is 1,191. More about the delegate selection process
• Needed to Win: This refers to the total number of delegate votes needed by a candidate to win the party's nomination.
• States won: This refers to CNN's projected winner for each race until a final result has been determined. How CNN projects winners
Chris Dodd Fundraising
TOTAL as of 09/30/2007
Raised: $13,598,152
Spent: $9,723,278
Cash-on-Hand: $3,874,874
provided by FEC
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Dodd on the Issues
Supports abortion rights.
Supported Bush-backed immigration reform legislation, which would have increased funding and improved border security technology, improved enforcement of existing laws, and provided a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Voted to authorize construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Voted for use of military force in Iraq, but says his vote was based on inaccurate information provided to Congress. Voted for war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008. Says Americans would be safer if U.S. never invaded. Proposed plan for Iraq that includes phased redeployment of troops over a 12-18 month period and improved recruitment and training of Iraqi security forces.
Same-sex marriage
Opposes a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Social Security
Opposes Bush plan allowing workers to divert some Social Security payroll taxes into private retirement accounts.
Opposed 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. Opposed extending tax cuts through 2010, saying they primarily benefited the wealthiest Americans and increased the deficit. Supports tax incentives for businesses that invest in employee health care, pensions and innovations.
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