October 8th, 2007
04:05 PM ET
11 years ago

No Christmas caucuses

Several Democratic contenders gathered recently in Iowa for Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Pre-Christmas Iowa caucuses? Not in this presidential election cycle.

After months of speculation that Iowa might hold its caucuses in December, a state Republican official said Monday the party is zeroing in on January 3 and 5 as two possible dates to hold the first nominating contest of the 2008 presidential contest. (CNNPolitics.com: Clinton opens lead in Iowa, poll finds)

Mary Tiffany, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Republican Party, said the party appears to be leaning towards January 3, but cautioned that not all members of the Iowa GOP’s State Central Committee has weighed in on the matter and must do so before a date is finalized. The group held a conference call late last week to discuss potential dates, and a final vote could happen next Tuesday when it convenes another call, Tiffany said.

Earlier this year, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan vowed not to hold his party’s caucuses in December.

Tiffany noted that Iowa Republicans have been in frequent contact with their Democratic counterparts over the date and predicted the two political parties will hold the event on the same day.

“I think we both want that, and ultimately we know that it is important for Iowa,” she said. “Right now, we are not just thinking as individual parties. We are thinking as Iowa and its first-in-the-nation status.”

Once Iowa chooses a date for the caucuses, one of the final major pieces of the puzzle is likely to fall into place. New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner has yet to announce a date for his state’s primary.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

Filed under: Iowa • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mac, Severn, Md

    I wonder how many pictures of Hillary Clinton CNN can jam onto this page....

    October 8, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Ryan, New York, NY

    Oh, come on, why can't we have the Primaries more than a year in advance of the general election? We could even start campaigning for 2012 starting early in 2009 and just make the Senators, Representatives, and Governors that want to run ignore their last terms at those jobs, because "they're working toward a higher calling." No one will mind, right?

    October 8, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Ok everybody, let's hold hands and sing....

    (Kum-bay-ya music)

    U-ni- verrr-salllll
    Healllth – careeeee

    October 8, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. D., South Bend, IN

    October 8, 2007

    Dear American Politicians

    Remember... It's the economy stupid?You do not deserve the American Vote! This is the 1st year in 30 that I will not vote and against the Democratic Party!!! I will also advise every one that I know & meet to do the same!!! Yes, this will favor the Republicans who are the flip side of the American Coin!!! Looks like Ralph Nader & Pat Buchannan in Florida or the Crooked Election Machines in Florida and Ohio all over again...

    The immigration problem is the dragon you ignore and other 2- side of the American coin that you all seem to be ignoring. Guess its true that the wealth of some families in America, China, India & Mexico have reached the level to buy a US Congressman, Senator or White House Lobbyist... How much does that cost these days?

    Where is the Mexican Government in their attempt to address the drugs, rape, murder, robbery coming over the Mexican Border to the tune of some 4,000 Mexicans a day? Where is the Mexican Government who is sending 1 Felony / Criminal in 12 crossing the Border every Month?

    Where is the Mexican Government in dumping their prison cells on the Mexican / American border every year? Didn’t Castro do this in the Cuban / Florida Prison Dump? Have we learned nothing?

    That's what I thought... No answer, huh? I can only hope America will wake up 1 day and change the Anchor Baby Rule with Los Angeles Executive Order 40 and not vote OUT the clowns who have been purchased by the wealthy families in Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia, India & The United States of America one day.

    ANE WHEN WE DO... Our voice will be heard louder than the Illegal Drug Crooks and their American Flunky Clowns who have sold America down the river for a devalued American Dollar...

    Don't be stupid... You have the change to take back the White House, House & Senate for the 1st time in years... You are on the wrong side of the issue... Perhaps you're about to be Karl Roved in 2008 if you don't wake up!!! Don't swuander this opportunity, please... America has suffered enough under these clowns....


    A Pissed Off American

    October 8, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Daniel, NY

    This appears to be best news for Clinton, as Obama will have more trouble organizing college students, and as Clinton will have more time to recover from any slip-up.
    Full analysis here.

    October 8, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    ALL this Primary movement is due to help Hillary win. Everything was fine until Obama entered the race and started looking like he could win. Not even a year ago all States agreed on the Schedule. But that was before Obama. This is a well thought out and calculated with cooperation between Iowa and Florida Republicans and Dems. In addition The CLINTON machine has pulled favors from Florida Dems/Republicans to move their Primary up to the same day as South Caroline Jan 29 and before the big Feb 5 second round of primaries. Since Hillary will loose in South Carolina and would have just lost in IOWA and New Hampshire primaries. She will use that Florida primary win to have the media to declare she is still in the race. Since all candidates pledged to not campaign in Florida. Hillary would win that states Unrecognized DNC Primary because of her name recognition. By the media promoting it as a win state for her it will have a mental effect on the Feb 5th Voters letting them think a vote for Hillary at that time would not be wasted. If you can’t win, Cheat!!

    October 8, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. tiff, de, Iowa

    looks like we have to ladies running from the picture. Where is obama? I won't be suprised he was cut out like they used to do on the web after the debate in the first days on cnn. had enuff with cnn and clinton. Or is clinton campaign paying cnn? it is really questionable!

    October 9, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. James, NY, NY

    It is time for a primary system that acknowledges the fact that Iowa and New Hampshire are in fact not the center of the world of politics...

    October 9, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "Earlier this year, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan vowed not to hold his party’s caucuses in December." – other than that one sentence – the whole article is about the GOP...yet a picture of all Dems at the steak fry....?? CNN – why not come out and endorse the "anyone but the Republicans" ticket?

    October 9, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. fake james (the real fake), Phoenix az

    Help me, I can't stop. I like to call myself a "political observer" but I am a pathetic no-lifer.

    Wanna hear about the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth?

    Posted By James (the real one), Phoenix AZ : October 8, 2007 6:09 pm


    Hi my name is fake-james. I pretend to be someone I think doesn't have a life. How sad must I be… pretending to be someone I don't like.

    Wanna see what I can do?? (jumping in the air – kicking one foot out).

    October 9, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. laurinda,ny

    I think that one of thoses James needs a roundhouse kick.

    October 9, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |