December 20th, 2007
08:55 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama woos college students, but will they show up?

Obama is courting Iowa college students, but will they show up?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama is heavily courting the support of Iowa college students, who are permitted to participate in the caucus even if they live out of state. But CNN's Candy Crowley reports this year's early caucus date (January 3) means many are going to have to cut their Winter vacations short to do so. Will they?

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  1. Ajay Jain

    Its all nice and daandy to sign commitment cards when in a Obama-Oprah rally but to spare a few hours in caucus on a freezing night is not a teenager task. Many may have agreed but few will come after New Year celebrations. Its all a open question as Candy asks? Will they come?

    People, pollsters, pundits give undue importance to the Iowa caucus. Isn’t it time to break the back of this myth of Iowa’s importance? They haven’t picked a winner since 1976. And Clinton and Kerry won the democratic nominations without winning in Iowa. Enough with the rural pandering.

    What has happened to Analysis at CNN. Can somebody tell the public that the 2008 primary season / cycle is DIFFERENT from yesteryears! We are talking January 3rd caucusing next to the New Year. Then New Hampshire then South Carolina THEN:

    SUPER DUPER TUESDAY. Its going to be "different" this time around. The early states voters may as well stay warm at home.

    Super Tuesday will decide the nominee. That needs money and organisation which the fringe candidates do not have!

    I still am betting on the come-back-kid McCain now that DIRTY TRICKS Dubya and Karl Rove is no more!!!!

    December 21, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  2. Jack Berkeley, CA

    🙁 This is the level of students in college nowadays? No wonder the rest of the world is passing America up!!

    "I live in delaware. I spared money to go back after christmas and volunteer for Obama campaign. To assure you Candy me and my friend who lives in maryland we are there to make our dream come true!
    Posted By John,newark,DE : December 20, 2007 10:58 am"

    ps John if ur 4 real, then I appologize b/c you are to be commended for trying to get a higher education.

    December 21, 2007 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  3. Jack Berkeley, CA

    AND this from another Obama supporter in MD 😉 who isn't quite sure what a Caucus is instead of a voting booth?! "We are Obama stars and we can not wait to go to the booth and caucas for him. Me and my friends are coming from maryland just for this.
    Posted By Gail,des,moines,iowa: December 20, 2007 2:41 pm"

    David Yepsen, the Des Moines Register's veteran political columnist posted his toughest entry this year, lecturing Obama for informing out-of-state Iowa college students in a piece of campaign literature that they are eligible to participate in the caucuses 🙁 now just over two weeks away. "These are the Iowa caucuses," Yepsen wrote on Nov. 30. "Asking people who are 'not from Iowa' to participate in them changes the nature of the event."

    Not many out-of-state students will be around on Jan. 3, and even if they are, it is 100 percent legal for them to participate. But the offending Obama flier has since dropped out of circulation. (However, TeamObama is still talking of bussing out-of-state students in or giving them gas money and hotel rooms?!)


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    Can the grass get any greener = Junior Senator Obama is NOT THE ONE afterall!!

    December 21, 2007 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  4. RuthieM

    I remember when the media and naysayers said Obama wouldn't get past the first quarter...

    December 21, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |


    December 21, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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