Um… who?

One amazing fact we’ve already learned from the Democratic presidential candidates’ debate, now airing live on MSNBC from South Carolina: Mike Gravel is running for president!!!

OK, for those unwilling to visit his Web site: age 76; former U.S. Senator from Alaska (1969-1981); known for having put into the public record the Pentagon Papers in 1971; trailing in the polls behind “none,” “other,” and “unsure.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.