January 2nd, 2008
07:58 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, January 2, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Poll: Neck-and-neck in New Hampshire
With six days to go until the New Hampshire primary, there are ties in poll results for the top candidates in both parties. With roughly a quarter of those polled in both parties saying they won't make up their mind until the election, both the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination races are up for grabs.

Washington Post: Last Round of Iowa Ads Maintains Positive Tone
On a New Year's Day that began windy and bitterly cold, presidential candidates offered nothing but sunshine and warmth on television as they aired their final advertising pitches to Iowa voters - over and over again.

USA Today: Edge In Iowa Hard To Find Among Key Groups
Democratic candidates are having a hard time gaining advantage among women and union members, two groups that could determine who wins the Iowa caucuses on Thursday. The two top Republicans are in the same near-deadlock when it comes to voters who say the next president should be a fiscal conservative.

LA Times: Not Caucusing? Most Of Iowa Won't Either
Political activists can't wait for Thursday's presidential contests, but the vast majority of eligible voters will stay away, unwilling to commit hours to politics on a work and school night.

Washington Post: Independent Voters May Give Obama Edge in Iowa
With two days before Iowans go to the polls, significant support for Sen. Barack Obama from political independents has put rival Democratic campaigns on edge, challenging the traditional model of the state's caucuses as a low-turnout exercise dominated by partisan insiders.

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January 2nd, 2008
07:51 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday, January 2, 2008

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Compiled by Lauren Kornreich, CNN Washington Bureau

* Joe Biden speaks at caucus countdown events in Burlington, Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

* Hillary Clinton attends "Picks a President" events in Indianola, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Ottumwa, and Des Moines, Iowa.

* Chris Dodd attends a meet and greet at The Country House on U.S. Highway 30, and "Caucus for Results" celebrations in Ames, Indianola, Ottumwa, and Burlington, Iowa.

* John Edwards visits parties with core supporters and volunteers in Atlantic and in Creston, Iowa, attends a pancake breakfast for supporters and volunteers in Centerville, drops by campaign headquarters in Ottumwa, holds a discussion with undecided caucus goers in Fairfield, drops by a canvass kickoff event in Mount Pleasant, holds a discussion with undecided caucus goers in Fort Madison, drops by campaign headquarters in Burlington, meets with caucus goers in Iowa City, holds a "Countdown to Caucus" event in Cedar Rapids, holds a discussion with undecided caucus goers in Grinnell, and holds a "This Is Our Country" rally in Des Moines with singer-songwriter John Mellencamp.

* Rudy Giuliani is in New Hampshire. He speaks in Wolfeboro, visits supporters in Somersworth, and holds a town hall meeting in Hooksett.

* Mike Huckabee meets with voters in Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa. He’ll also be a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

*John McCain holds a town hall meeting and media availability in Pembroke, New Hampshire, a technology tour and town hall in Londonderry, and a voter meet and greet with Sen. Joe Lieberman, followed by lunch, in Derry, New Hampshire. Later, he holds a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, and rally and media availabilities in Davenport and Urbandale, Iowa

* Barack Obama holds a canvass kick-off in Davenport, Iowa, and “Stand for Change” rallies in Coralville, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Des Moines, Iowa.

* Ron Paul makes local press appearances, has a press availability, meets with voters, holds a private meet and greet with veterans followed by a veterans rally, all in Des Moines. Later, he has another press availability in Des Moines.

* Bill Richardson has “Final Presidential Job Interviews” in Dubuque, Decorah, Mason City, Storm Lake, Centerville, and Iowa City, Iowa.

* Mitt Romney is a guest on CNN’s American Morning. Later, he holds "Strong America" Tour stops in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Clear Lake, and West Des Moines, Iowa.

* Fred Thompson meets voters in Mason City, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport, Iowa.

* The Senate Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook

* The House Radio-Television Correspondents' Gallery Daybook


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January 2nd, 2008
07:45 AM ET
2 years ago

The Best Political Podcast

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN started 2008 with a political bang in the form of Ballot Bowl.

If you missed CNN's wall-to-wall political coverage Tuesday, the first Best Political Podcast of 2008 has highlights for you.

Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider also reports on a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Iowa poll.

Former Senator John Edwards speaks with Wolf Blitzer about his chief rivals - Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - and about the recent support Edwards received from Ralph Nader.

Finally, will the legalization of same-sex civil unions in New Hampshire have any impact on who turns out for the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary on January 8? Brian Todd takes a look a week before the voting in New Hampshire.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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