January 6th, 2010
12:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Sen. Chris Dodd announces he won't seek re-election


(CNN) - Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, one of the most powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill, announced Wednesday that he will not seek a sixth term in November.

Watch: Dodd says he's done

Dodd, 65, was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

He had been winning congressional elections in his state since 1974, but he's recently been considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election in 2010. Dodd has been trailing likely Republican challengers in recent polls, even though Connecticut typically leans Democratic.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. keith A. sillsbury

    Before you all go you need to go ahead and introduce term limits to both the house and senate. If you don't we'll all be sorry when we can't get rid of the left over republican scumb.

    January 6, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. obama the liar

    he is preparing for jail time and rightly so.

    January 6, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Slider

    Noticed on CNN that they were discussing how gray Obama's hair was getting.

    It's not gray; it's WHITE.

    White lies; white hair.

    *See: Dodd

    January 6, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Hey Zeus

    And there lies the one significant problem in our political system that may never be corrected.
    Those that enter the political arena stay far too long within the system or connected to it..
    Length of service may determine seniority and committee assignments, but it does not insure ethical or competent conduct or government.

    January 6, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. All the news that is fit to omit

    Retire or get booted out in the "massacre" was Dodd's choices and seeing the writing on the wall, he made the best decision for him.

    The gutless behind closed door liberals will spin this like it was planned all along and we will be LOSING a great LEADER and force in the party.

    Actually sheep, it is just one less gutless liar that was was as crooked as a liberal road.

    One down, many to go and Barry, YOU PAYING UH, UH, UH ATTENTION?

    January 6, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Brady

    Last year, it was all the Republicans dropping out of the race. Now, it seems all the Democrats are dropping out. It'll be interesting to see how the election goes with so many open Senate seats. Should make for a fun election night.

    January 6, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Paul in Arizona

    Good decision. I'm still a registered Democrat, didn't vote for Obama, but can see the writing on the wall (as can Dodd and others). This weak president lacks the experience and ability to lead our country in such a perilous time and Congress fell under his spell. I will never understand how "hope" won over "substance". The Democratic Congress (and Party) will pay for abandoning their responsibility to act for the good of the people who supported and elected them. I will not mind the Republicans being back in power. How much worse can it be? It is some solace that at least I can dump my lifelong affiliation with the Democratic Party and register as an Independent.

    January 6, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Jack Fl

    65; good retirement age. Time for some new, forward thinking ideas in Washington.

    January 6, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    Like flies... this is the beginning of the landslide. Ignore the American people and jam legislation through eh? Hows that working for you?

    January 6, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. A. P. from California

    I notice that the Media and Repuublican's seem to rush assumption by claiming retiring Democrats before 2010 elections mean a party in trouble. The "laugh" will be on you people. The voting trend hasn't changed against Republicans you all assume. Those who don't know the past could be condemned to repeat it. Democrats take "stock" in changing the menu prior to election with a new Democrat who not the incument. It changes the whole "equation". But.....not the trend.....

    January 6, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. A. P. from California

    I notice that the Media and Republican's seem to rush assumption by claiming retiring Democrats before 2010 elections mean a party in trouble. The "laugh" will be on you people. The voting trend hasn't changed against Republicans like you all assume. Those who don't know the past could be condemned to repeat it. Democrats take "stock" in changing the menu prior to election with a new Democrat who's not an incument. It changes the whole "equation".... But.....not the trend.....

    January 6, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    i say hit the road jack

    and dont ya come back no more

    January 6, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Flipper

    Thank God!

    Another corrupt Democrat will be stepping down. I don't blame him; he would have suffered a humiliating defeat in the primary or general election this year.

    I'll be interested how the Dems will spin this.

    January 6, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Mike

    He would lose re-election just like harry reid, so I say good riddance to bad rubish. Maybe he can take pelosi and barney frank with him.

    January 6, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Hugo

    It is my strongest wish that once the liberals lose control in 2010 that both House and Senate will call for full and open investigations of Barney Frank, Franklin Raines, Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, Ben Nelson, Al Gore, Bill and Hillary Clinton and all the other elected elitists that have assisted in decimating our economy and Nation through their corrupt activities of accepting foreign donations and Enron financing methods. America-It is long overdue for a good old rat killing in Washington DC!

    January 6, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Paul in Arizona

    I'll take a weak smart president who makes all the right decisions over a strong dumb president who makes all the wrong decisions for our country is what matters most.......

    January 6, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Fitz in Texas

    Dodd has stepped on too many Americans, now those Americans are paying him back. Should have happened long ago.

    January 6, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Paul in Arizona

    I'll take a weak smart president who makes all the right decisions over a strong dumb president who makes all the wrong decisions for our country seven days a week.......

    January 6, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. MJ

    Santa did get my letter! He could never win another election. I am sure there will be many more who will see the "writing on the wall".

    January 6, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Enough

    Blah, Blah, blah, he knows he has ZERO chance of winning and the Democrats threw him under the bus for their lousy pork filled bankrupting of Americans.................Next!!

    January 6, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. rfs

    So sad to see the level of vitriol in this country – why is there glee in tearing down obama – why is there joy on killing or denuded health care reform -in unity there is strength – in divisiveness and selfishness, there is only loss – our enemies are rejoicing.

    January 6, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    The new democrat that will take his place is going to be in the Senate for a long time. No serious person believes the republicans will win that seat. Republicans are in denial/delusional, as usual.

    January 6, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Silence Dogoode

    He knows he cannot beat Bloomenthal for the nod in CT....

    January 6, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Joe M

    PLEASE...DON't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out....It should have happened 29 years ago...You and Barney can share a 2 man room in Levenworth..

    January 6, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom

    Oh boy..... the GOPers are having a party over this one!

    GOPers claim that they do not hate....... but here is more proof that they do.

    I am all for term limits. However, GOP don't count your chickens before they hatch! Americans have not forgotten WHO got us into the Great Recession!

    January 6, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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