November 23rd, 2007
11:45 AM ET
15 years ago

The rush is on (and we're not talking about holiday shopping)

WASHINGTON (CNN) –- Thanksgiving’s over and the holiday season’s underway. And with less than six weeks to go until the first presidential primary contests, the race for the White House is kicking into high gear.

Next Wednesday, the Republican presidential candidates face off at a CNN/YouTube debate in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

In December, most of the action moves to Iowa. That’s because the Iowa caucuses, which officially kick off the presidential nomination voting, will take place on January 3, the earliest date they’ve ever been held. And with Christmas just nine days before the caucuses, will we see campaigning on December 25? Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd were making the rounds on Thanksgiving Day. With so much at stake, it might be hard for the campaigns to totally go dark on Christmas Day.

Here’s why: While Sen. Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are the front-runners in the national polls, it’s a very different story in Iowa. Polls suggest it’s a dead heat between Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, and former Sen. John Edwards in the race for the Democratic nomination. And on the Republican side, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s on top, but polls in Iowa indicate the race appears to be getting tighter.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Iowa • Presidential Candidates
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Virginia B., Rock Island, IL

    That the candidates feel pressured to campaign on important holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas is just one more sign of how pushing up primary dates hurts our political discourse.

    It's claimed that the months of high-pressure fund-raising campaigning and intense media scrutiny are there to prove the candidates are willing and capable of working as hard as the job of President requires. That President Bush has taken more vacation time than any other President in history, to me, proves this theory hogwash.

    The media-driven pressure on the candidates just drives people with more realistic work-home balances out of the race. People who live, breathe, and dream politics are not necessarily the best people to run our country.

    November 23, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Lance in Monrovia

    Obama is going to crush the competition. I've never seen so many people fired up about a leader in my life, including myself. I'm banging on doors for him, I'm calling hundreds of people a week. I've never done anything like this before and to anyone reading this, I suggest you get involved now, pick a side and do it while it still counts. Time is getting short and the stakes are incredibly high, higher than they've ever been. WE have the opportunity to elect someone we're FOR for a change as opposed to the lesser of evils. We have the chance to elect a great man that can actually change this country for the good, that can in all reality save us from ourselves and save our planet as well.

    I cannot suggest enough, get off your computers, get off your butts, and go out and work for your candidate. I also suggest anyone that has not yet looked into the candidates to do so. Really, really look at Obama, you'll like what you find and believe you me, tha's rare in politics.

    Get to work. Do it. Now.

    Obama 08

    November 23, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. quantumfreeze

    Why is it that CNN insists on not counting Ron Paul and his victories on many polls?
    CNN we are all tired of the usual scumbags candidates, now start reporting the news and give Ron Paul the credit he deserves.
    He is very much a top candidate and you guys know it, the people are on his side mind you the constitution side.

    November 24, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. RuthieM

    I like that post by Lance in Monrovia and I would like to send it to some people I know who are for Hillary. Really good post and oh how true, thanks, Lance.

    November 24, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |