CNN BREAKING NEWS
Menendez Will Not Try for Torricelli Seat
Aired October 1, 2002 - 10:26 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: We have some breaking news to report for you as the Democrats now continuing to scramble to find someone to fill in the spot now is being made vacant by Robert Torricelli, the senator from New Jersey who has now decided he is not going to run. We are now hearing that another person who had been discussed as a replacement candidate is also not going to run. Robert Menendez, the congressman who is already in Congress right now, from New Jersey, has said that he is not going to run.
We've just gotten that word. They wanted him because he had a huge warchest of his own. It wouldn't have been a big problem: name recognition, everything already made for him. He would have been a great candidate, the Democrats say, to step in for Torricelli, but apparently, he is not going to step up to that particular challenge.
TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com