September 3rd, 2007
04:17 PM ET
15 years ago

A Labor Day look at the race to '08

Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigned in Sioux City, Iowa with her husband at her side.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It’s Labor Day, the traditional kick off for race for the White House. In the old days, this is when then campaigning actually began. But that’s been history for quite some time, and in this hectic fast paced 2008 campaign season, it’s been full speed ahead since the beginning of the year. But while some people across the country have been paying attention to the candidates up until now, more and more Americans will begin to tune in to what’s happening.

“Think of this as prime time. It’s sort of been off-Broadway. Now, this is the real thing,” says CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

"In the past, Labor Day has been the traditional kick off to the campaign, but the 2008 race for the White House really began the day after the 2004 presidential election,” chimes in CNN Political Editor Mark Preston, adding that “now each and every campaign stop counts and most of the candidates will be spending their time in the key early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina."

Full story: The race for White House enters prime time

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Surely she jests about being a "change" agent when she can't change healthcare, a philandering husband, taking lobbyists money, or saying "I was wrong" on her Iraq vote. Neither can she change over 50% of voters' minds about her lightweight experience winning contested elections, shrill demeanor, divisive leadership, inauthentic persona and unelectability in a general election.

    September 3, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Fall kickoff to her presidential campaign???? What has she been doing the last few months. Really that is just funny.

    September 3, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. cary - lowell, in

    I don't like "big gun" and Bill Clinton appearing in the same sentence. eww

    September 3, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Sharon Baltimore, MD

    "I've spent my whole life fighting ...". We are tired of the Washington DC insider fighting. You cannot be an agent of change if you are owned by the lobbyists who are supporting your campaign. You failed at health care reform when you had your chance because you cannot unite anyone well enough to form concensus. The Clinton years were filled with scandals that we don't need at this point in our nations history. You have had your chance, you did not succeed, and you will not succeed this time. You are a polarizing figure and a follower. You take your words from others and you are unable to propose an original idea. The Clinton days are finished. It is time to move on.

    September 3, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. pl. at the UN for a while.

    I am not American. I cannot vote.

    Some gutsy American posted yesterday under the title: "Are you man enough to vote for a woman?"

    But...really! The UK had Ms Tatcher for 13 yrs and she won both the Cold War and the war of the Falkland Islands; Germany has Ms Menkel right now; Israel had a woman Prime Minister in the '60s!!; Pakistan had–and will have again– Ms Bhutto; India had Indira Ghandy in the '70s!!

    Am I forgetting someone? I might. So...why can't America have a woman at the helm in 2008? Well...the only logic I can find is...well...neither can Iran!!!

    September 3, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. xtina chicago IL

    In this picture Hillary reminds me of my grammar school principal who was always sort of shouting instead of just speaking.

    Still waiting for Hillary to run down her qualifications, not just in allocating taxes from federal level to her state programs , but in actually managing money and overcoming serious financial and political challenges. What? She doesn't have any of these type of successes? 🙁

    September 3, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Judy McKinney, Halfway, MO.

    All I can say is "Hillary, you GO, girl" We sure do need her in the white house, to get some of this mess straightened out.

    September 3, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Ami Hicks, Carpentersville, IL

    This is the only candidate who is realistic about what really can/cannot be accomplished as she has been there and been a part of government with experience that needs to be noted carefully.

    September 3, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. Blayze Kohime, Columbus OH

    Let the mud slinging begin. I hope you have good agility, Hillary.

    September 3, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    To PL at the UN:

    Feeling guilt over which gender is in the White House is hardly a basis for choosing a leader. Mrs Thatcher and Ms Bhutto – Hillary is NOT. And America knows it.

    September 3, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Dan Book, Sandusky, Ohio

    um, hello, cnn? masters of the political universe? I don't know what
    conventional wisdom YOU follow, but since when is the Labor Day the year before the election the "traditional kick off for [the] race for the White House"?

    Labor Day is considered the unofficial kick-off for the GENERAL
    ELECTION, but i've never heard of it as kicking off the entire friggin
    presidential campaign.

    Your "analysis" that "more and more Americans will begin to tune in to
    what’s happening" starting on Labor Day is usually said to be, by more astute political observers that is, a trait attributed to the Labor Day of the ELECTION YEAR, not THE YEAR BEFORE!

    September 3, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    In the picture above, Bill appears to have inhaled this time. If I had to hear Hillary's campaign rhetoric day after day I too might need "mommy's little helper".

    September 4, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  13. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Fatally Flawed Hillary will never make it. She has spent too much money and her time for nothing. Polls change overnight, and it is still early in the campaign.....much can happen. Her friend Edwards just received the endorsement of the Labor Unions today. Her Polls aren't really as the Press indicate, for she is still not well-liked and has great negatives. Remember, Democrats, Bill Clinton is NOT running for President.........He will NEVER be on the ticket. Thank Goodness! Yes, it's time for CHANGE...Let's get rid of the Clintons!

    September 4, 2007 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  14. SCP, MI

    Actually, it looks as though there have been 28 countries that have had women as leaders of state. Here is the link:

    September 4, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. Bill, Mannford, Oklahoma

    Too early to start the election process. OK, rephrase. TOO early to elect anybody as a final candidate. Let Hillary and the rest blurt and then let them tear the other persons record up for a year and a half.

    Its political mud slinging and when its said and done.....we find out that all the ones running are dirty politicians.

    Push the primaries back to a normal time frame. Tell the candidates to go do there jobs in DC until that time. Paid to campaign is insane!

    September 4, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. robert lowe

    clinton & edward best for the united states maby they can be-come a team I mis my president Bill Clinton.

    September 4, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. LoooseyGoosey

    I wonder what Bills thinking in that picture..

    Anyone but HILLARY!!

    September 4, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Pam A Summerside PEI

    As I see it there are two options to date.
    You can vote for Hillary and Barack or get stuck with Rudy and Mitt Bush..

    I see the only possibility for change being the first option.

    September 5, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  19. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    "Fatally Flawed Hillary will never make it."

    I wouldn't bet the Ranch on that one.
    Fatally Flawed, Viet Nam Deserter, George made it not once, but twice!

    September 5, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |