SANTO DOMINGO.- United States senator Christopher Dodd, one of the Democratic Party’s White House hopefuls, said he’s “the only Dominican presidential candidate" who participates in the run for that country’s Presidency.
"That time that I spent working in Dominican Republic (as member the Peace Corps between 1966 and 1968), makes me identify with the dreams and yearnings of Dominicans. For that reason I say that I’m the only Dominican candidate to the presidency of the United States, aside from my tastes such as liking baseball, I like politics and I like merengue, and I never forget the great friends I made in Monción (northwest) and other populations.
He said he knew "the great leaders: (Joaquin) Balaguer, (Juan) Bosch, (Jose Francisco) Peña Gomez and I have much respect fro president Leonel Fernandez, who’s a very good friend, I have respect for its national assembly and above all the Dominican people."
Dodd spoke with the director of the newspaper Listin Diario Miguel Franjul, as part of a campaign fund raiser hosted by the prestigious Dominican ophthalmologist Salomón Melgen in his residence, attended by personalities of the U.S. society.