Discovering why politicians "explore" running for office

Jul 31, 2013

Bill Daley spent more than a month "exploring" a run for governor of Illinois.
Credit The White House

Tueday's declaration by Bill Daley that he was "officially" running for governor was one of the least surprising announcements of this political season. You could be forgiven for thinking he was ALREADY running in the Democratic primary. But Daley insists that until this week, he was just "exploring" a bid for governor. So why would a politician act like a candidate, and talk like a candidate, and raise money like a candidate, but insist they're not yet ACTUALLY a candidate? To find out, Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey set out on a voyage of discovery.