Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka's biggest regret: Not running against Barack Obama in 2004 U.S. Senate race
Posted 10/10/2013 12:10:00 PM

Famed NFL coach Mike Ditka has revealed that  his biggest regret was deciding not to run against Barack Obama for the open  Illinois Senate seat in 2004.

'Biggest mistake I’ve ever made. Not that I  would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White  House,' Ditka said at a recent event.

Ditka is a legend in the state as he was a  player for the Chicago Bears football team during their 1963 championship season  and then came back to coach the team, leading them to their most recent  championship as coach in 1986.

 

 

In 2004, Republican Senator Peter Fitzgerald  left the federal government and Jack Ryan was seen as the GOP front runner for  much of the campaign.

CNN reports  that Ryan ended up dropping out with little time left in the race after legal  papers revealed that he and his ex-wife went to sex clubs and he asked her to  perform sex acts in front of other patrons.

Ryan subsequently dropped out of the race and  the local Republican political machine called on Ditka to run.

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Posted By: Producer Thomas  
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