Florida U.S. Senator Announces Bid for President

Bob Graham for President, Inc, is now an official non profit corporation in Florida. Paperwork was filed in Tallahassee with the Division of Corporations and in Washington with the federal elections commission just after noon Thursday. As Mike Vasilinda reports, the moves now allow graham to begin raising money in his bid for the nations highest job.

The oldest of Bob Graham's four daughters, Gwen, along with her attorney husband, filed the paperwork creating Bob Graham for President Inc., with the state of Florida.

It was commercials, like this one, that propelled the unknown Graham to the governor’s mansion in 1978. Eight years later he swamped an incumbent GOP Senator and has been in the U.S. Senate ever since. Following recent heart surgery, his daughter says graham is primed for the next challenge. .

Mac Stipanovich is one of Florida’s top GOP strategist. He believes if Graham gets the nomination, it will make a tough race tougher.

Even Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan acknowledges the race could be as close as it was in 2000.

With Thursday’s filing graham can begin raising money. Insiders say he will have to raise at least $20-million by the end of the year to have a chance next spring.