January 22nd, 2008
06:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Real People, Real Issues: Eight Super Tuesday states in six days!

 The CNN Election Express is heading across the country.

The CNN Election Express is heading across the country.

ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS, South Carolina (CNN) – The country is at war, the economy is stalling, and the presidential candidates are fighting over everything from universal health care to illegal immigration.

The Democratic and Republican White House hopefuls are offering their plans, but is America listening? Over the next six days we will search for that answer, and provide Americans an opportunity to say what’s on their minds as the CNN Election Express motors from Myrtle Beach to Los Angeles.

For the past year, if you lived in Iowa or New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada, chances are you bumped into Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, John McCain or Barack Obama.

These states have made their voices heard - except for South Carolina’s Democrats, who vote on Saturday - but were the voters in Alabama or New Mexico listening?

The candidates had better hope so. Voters in these states and 22 others head to the polls on February 5, when 1,681 Democratic and 1020 Republican delegates are up for grabs.

This is no planned tour. We are going to make unscheduled stops in little towns and big cities, truck stops and diners. When we pull over, CNN’s Ali Velshi will be jumping off the bus to hear what’s on voters’ minds, while I blog along the way.

We begin our journey in South Carolina, and end in California: 2,600 miles and the lives and stories of millions of Americans lie in-between.

So, tune into CNN and The Ticker throughout the day and night for the latest from the road.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Is Wolf Blitzer in that bus? Tell them Thank you for setting up fights and staying out of it!

    January 22, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. mark simonitsch

    Regarding the stalled economy. Imagine, the economic downturn is occurring at the same time the domestic economy is receiving billions of dollars from Pentagon spending. This recession would have been upon us sooner and with greater severity without government spending on the Iranian neo-conservative social engineering experiment to produce democracy among a tribal culture.

    January 22, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. owen,washington dc

    This is the best the CNN can come up with?They should get Karl Rove on board!

    January 22, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Ken

    "For the past year, if you lived in Iowa or New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada, chances are you bumped into Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, John McCain or Barack Obama."

    Hmmm.... but not John Edwards? Wonder how he finished 2nd in Iowa.

    January 22, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Nik T, Houston, TX

    Man, how boring. What are you going to report, you biased CNN? Are you just going to report how "hated" HIllary is and how God-like Obama is? If you are, then I guess you're just keeping the same ol', same ol' dung.

    January 22, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Harrison, Boston, U.S.

    "Yes We Can" was also the slogan used by the California Angels baseball team and chanted routinely at the games by the fans as the team tried to win the championship in the 1979 season!

    Yes, we can find race in anything but this political race is about character and leadership, and Obama is a person of character, a leader, and filled with a great vision of what we can do.

    We can vote for the pessimists of the past, or the optimists of the future.

    Isn't time to say Yes We Can instead of No We Can't?

    January 22, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Daniel Amde, DESMOINES, IOWA

    Ditto that. I am a democrat and if hillay get the nomination, I will vote for a republican.

    But, I will also campain for BArack to change to independant if he losses to hillary and VOTE for him as an independent.

    GO OBAMA' 08!!!

    January 22, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Daniel Amde, DESMOINES, IOWA

    I would not vote for a candidate who can't take the presuure, who shed tear for losing single primary?? I think she will be confused to take decissions in any chiotic situation, and become tensed and disturbed??

    January 22, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. k. sonnenberg

    Hilary at least spoke or brought about issues of substance during the Myrtle Beach Debate. None of the other candidates did. They lack direction and only responded to Hilary's stuff on the agenda. Good luck Guys!!! kersten sonnenberg

    January 22, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Murry

    Yes, CNN, we are listening. Thank you for your extensive coverage. But, I'd like you to try "keeping them honest," as Anderson says. Everyone's accusing each other of lying or distorting the truth. Please set the record straight as an unbiased 3rd party. We need you to do that. Thanks.

    January 22, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Jack M, London

    So if you have parents that are Muslim you are muslim? That is total nonesense. If people judge us by our parents' religion then god (figure of speech) help us.

    In my opinion all these religions are man made, if people want to practice a religion then they should keep it home and in their own circles and not let it interfere in the mainstream community at large.

    However, sadly, i don't think Mr Obama will win the nomination let alone the presidency cos along with these religious slurs and his race(though mixed) cos the US is not ready to vote in a capable non-white person in as president yet, maybe in 20 years or so. Shame though because i think Mr Obama represents the breath of fesh air that most people are gasping for.

    January 22, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Jim

    Come to Russellville, Arkansas! It's right on I40 in the heartland of the nation. Stop at Stoby's for breakfast or Fat Daddy's BBQ for lunch and you will find some really great people to visit with.

    January 22, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. dilmont

    Journalism 101: YOU are not the story. If you are, you MUST let someone else report it or you lose all credibility.

    January 22, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. get truth guy

    Is he grow up in Muslim family and recieved Muslim education? if he was, why does he afraid to amit he is or was a Muslim? I really don't care whether or not he believe in Muslim, what I care is he tell us the truth.

    January 22, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |


    January 22, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. karen

    Headline: "Eight Super Tuesday States" Mark Preston would you care to name the Eight?

    January 22, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Harold

    I think this a good thing for you guys to do. It gives America to get in on this election. Maybe it will stimilate some anyway. drive careful.

    January 22, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Gene

    CNN staff and anchors stop making this 2008 presidential campaign a race factor. We are 're voting race or gender issues, but what the candidate stands for... and future of Americans..

    January 22, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Tom Masters

    Good, please stick to issues and differences and not the candidates' favorite food or tv shows.

    January 22, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Eleanor Kahn

    As a NH voter I have encountered many more candidates than those you have listed. This is one more example where your network has been acting all along as though the Democratic field was composed of only two candidates! Watching the debate last night was both frustrating and heartbreaking to see how you marginalize any one other than Obama and Clinton. Edwards was again very articulate and above the fray and again presented cogent arguments. Media bias and hype this time around, just as in 2004 has just about discouraged me from wanting to be engaged in the process in the future. Eleanor M. Kahn, PhD, ARNP

    January 22, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Sabrina

    Just be fair!

    January 22, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. JohnS

    Yes, take no money from the cooperations Edwards!!! But, can Edwards refund most of the funds he took from the cases he won on the back of "poor people?" We are talking here about millions and millions of dollars!!!

    I guess, the strong advocate here is for "lawyers" who are good at fighting to line up their pockets with the spoils of the poor. It often reminds me of presidents who send other people's kids to war but send their kids to institutions of higher education or "charity work" only to claim that they are …..

    Do not get me wrong, I have always been a supporter of Edwards. He should wait until Hillary loses to the Republicans and he can then sue the Republicans to help the dumb democrats who put Hillary out there as a nominee– got the picture?

    January 22, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. chude ireland

    cliton has no clue what the world economy is about.AMERICANS WAKE UP.Do not make another costly mistake.She just want to fulfil her personal life ambition. I think there a better women for the job.ALBRIGHT would be a perfect candidate.

    January 22, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  24. JC

    Unify America with positive politics based on the truth- go Obama

    January 22, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. man

    Hillary was sold to health insurance lobbyist. She will not be able to provide us a good health care policy!!! She is frustrated after loosing IOWA primary. Her tears brought her back. Fellow Americans, we can not afford electing her as president where in this kind of critical situation she will start crying. Don't get emotional, be realistic. Wake up!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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