October 24th, 2007
03:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Why is Chris Dodd's hair so white?

Dodd says his white hair is the product of his experience.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - According to a new campaign ad out Wednesday in Iowa, it's due in part to his 26 years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The commercial–set in a barbershop in Winterset, Iowa–features two men discussing why they think Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd's hair is the color it is.

"No, I didn't get the white hair from the Peace Corps or the military," the senator from Connecticut says walking down the street.

"It was Dodd who passed the Family and Medical Leave Act," a barber says back inside the shop. "You know it took getting Democrats and Republicans together to get that done."

"I got a lot of white hairs from that one," Dodd adds.

But it's not just his experience the ad focuses on, it also tries to speak to his electability.

"And if he got nominated," the barber continues, "we'd have a Democrat who could win."

In addition to running in the Hawkeye State, the 60-second advertisement will play nationally on various cable networks.

Dodd, who recently rented a house in Des Moines for his family, has consistently polled in the single digits in Iowa.

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-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. James, Phoenix AZ


    Let's talk about WHY Chris Dodd's hair is so white. Intriguing.

    Say, didn't our country just award the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy – a Navy SEAL who gave his life when seeking open air for a radio signal to call in air support.

    Nah.. must not have happened. Didn't see one article on CNN's ticker about this hero. Let's get back to discussing Chris Dodd's hair color....

    October 24, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Why are we disgussing Dodd's hair color? This is journalism??

    Where are all those Iraqi headlines CNN? Haven't seen them in weeks, why not!!

    October 24, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Dave, Alpharetta, GA

    Why is Dodd's hair so white?

    Because he read the polls across the country. Give it up Dodd; go take care of your kids.

    October 24, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Davis, NJ

    Have not yet seen the ad but it doesn't sound very intelligent to me ...""I got a lot of white hairs from that one," Dodd adds." .... REALLY ... i am sure you also got a lot of WHITE HAIR from voting to authorize a war without reading the national intelligence estimates or event asking how we'd get our troops out...TOUCHE !! I appreciate your service to this country .. but the fact is one can't teach an old dog new tricks. You may have spent 26 years plays the games of Washington but we need someone to put an end to the game playing – someone who has good judgement!!

    OBAMA '08

    October 24, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Karen,nj

    Well, I should say so. I have noticed, even with the presidents, that all these government men get old very fast. I would think that it was because they're always worried about getting caught with all this stealing they do.

    October 24, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    So far, Chris Dodd is the only democrat running for president that has demonstrated any REAL capacity for leadership. He seems genuine and passionate about upholding the Constitution and the rule of law in this country. He's like Ron Paul, only he's not insane. Go Chris!! 🙂

    October 24, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Dodd was and always has been Kennedys drinking buddy....his white hairs could not be from bringing the parties together....he is a left wing candidate – with a single bill to his credit (Family and Medical Leave Act) – name one other thing he has done (without having to research it....) – I'm from CT..nobody here can name anything either....

    October 24, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Jen, Boston MA

    You really can't expect much else from this loser than talk about his Liberace-poof. Drop out now Dodd before you humiliate yourself and your family any further.

    October 24, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Dodd would be a marked improvement, so would Obama, Hillary or my cat. As for judgement, if the people that were suckered as was Hillary, Dodd, Kerry and many others would join the few brave, honest people in Congress that called for both Chasney and Bush to be impeached long ago, the problem would have been resolved by now. I do not recall any great call for justice and impeachment from Mr. Obama. So lets cut the cr*p on this matter and start asking more important questions. Like how much money did Blackwater funnel to the GOP, who got it? Or finally establish, which GOP donations from the oil companies that are paid for with American soldier's blood and whom do they go to?

    October 24, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Wayne, Williston, VT

    You're right on, Pixie. There isn't a Democrat more qualified to lead our country than Senator Dodd. If Hillary's last name wasn't "Clinton", she wouldn't have a chance. I've yet to hear anything from Obama that tells me he has the experience to lead our country either. Unfortunately, our election process amounts to a freakin' popularity contest. Instead of doing our homework, we let a bunch of hack media personalities drive our decision making. In the end, we'll elect the leaders we deserve.

    October 24, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Robert, Shelton CT

    Its true what Chris from Middletown said about people from Conn. not being able to discuss their views; thats what really killed Lieberman in the primaries, Dodd better watch out because he is next.

    October 24, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. JD

    Nice to see someone's channeling Jon Testers ads.

    October 24, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Joseph, NY

    Dear Davis from New Jersey: It's judgment.

    October 24, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Marie, Washington DC

    I like the ad - Chris Dodd is the only candidate who is getting anything done RIGHT NOW. His hold on the FISA bill shows real leadership and he is one of the few candidates who has a record of results to match his rhetoric. I hope that we as a country can get past our celebrity obsession and nominate someone who would actually be a good leader. Chris Dodd has my vote!

    October 24, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Brad, Stockton, CA

    My problem is not with Mr. Dodd or his white hair; my problem is with a system that has allowed him to remain that long.

    October 24, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. brenda,ks,mo

    This is worth the ticker. Can we have the purpose of this thing?

    October 24, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. John, CT

    I am from CT as well, and maybe you don't keep up or listen whatsoever, but Chris Dodd has done a number of things. Do you remember the Fire Bill? Doesn't he stand up for the MAJORITY of people in CT? I admire Chris Dodd, but he needs to stay as a Senator. The last thing we need is Joe Lieberman as our Senior Senator (and I'm a jew saying that!).

    He has crushed every opponent thrown at him in every single election (do you CT folks remember the mess that was Jack Orchulli?)

    October 24, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Mike, Hubbard, Ohio

    And why are his shorts, soo short?

    October 24, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. J, SF CA

    Go away Dodd.

    October 24, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Matt, Chico, CA

    Seriously? Wow CNN, what a riveting story

    October 25, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |