December 24th, 2007
10:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Politics and holidays collide in '08 primary calendar

A flood of campaign-related materials is hitting Iowa households around the Christmas holiday.

(CNN) - On the eve of Christmas, most Americans are spending time with their friends and families. But, residents of Iowa have been inundated with phone calls, direct mail, and television ads relating to the tight presidential race.

Dana Bash reports from Newton, Iowa about how one family is coping with the flood of materials intended to influence them before Iowa's January 3 caucuses.

Filed under: Iowa • Primary Calendar
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  1. Kim, Peabody MA

    Sure, why not? For the God hating and obstinate liberal politicians, they are once again leading by example. They show absolutely no respect for the birth of Jesus by taking time to spend it with their family. Under their leadership, how in the world do you suppose that they will protect the free religious beliefs within this nation – when they show no respect themselves?

    This nation is in great danger:

    December 24, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. X-MAS,LA.


    December 24, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Grinch in America Really Does Love Holidays

    Sad to think that for some folks – this is all they get for Christmas?

    Makes even Grinch sad to think of all the lonely and forgotten folks out there. America is the greatest country in the world, yet can't even take care of her own...

    Give a man a fish, he eats for a day - but teach a man to fish, he eats forever - or until pollution lays waste to the waters and global warming wrecks havoc with the world 🙁

    Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa from Grinch's Home to Yours. May the New Year Bring Better Tidings...

    December 24, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Tyrone Miami, Florida

    Romney is like Santa Claus to America, that has been embarassed by the Clinton while in office and after while he files around the world bashing America saying George Bush has damaged our reputation. A message needs to be sent to the democrats running around and back stabbing Ameica when democrats are not in office then saying they love America is not genuine.
    Mitt Romeny seems to have a real passion for Amercia and a genuine concern to make us better and he has the right balance, he will make America even greater.

    December 24, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Ken, Caldwell

    Tyrone that is so ignorantly republican of you. It is no secret that are reputation IS damaged across the world. Clinton had the most popularity world wide than any pres. in the 20th nd 21st century. Bush worked hard to denounce all of the success of the Clinton administration. As for Romney, he's as disingenous as one can get. And they called Kerry a flip flopper. Geeezz! But you know what..I hope that fool wins the GOP nomination. It will be fun exposing him for the fake, stupid fool that he is!~

    December 24, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Michael Dunst, TX

    On one hand there is Too much information ("phone calls, direct mail, and television ads relating to the tight presidential race") and on the other hand there is hiding of information.

    Another article on CNN in this regard makes interesting reading: "Voter asks Obama about 'Muslim background'"

    It shows Barack Hussein Obama accepting that his father was a Muslim from Africa, but he seems to be trying to hide/underplay this truth.

    A reaction by a reader to that article: "Irrespective of what our heritage is, we should be proud of it. Yes, Mitt Romney has shown statesmanship and tremedous sincerity in coming out openly about his Mormon heritage. In comparison, it is very dissappointing to see how Barack Hussein Obama tries hard to suppress and hide his Muslim heritage."

    I have a holiday wish. I wish that our politicians were more honest and forthcoming about themselves.

    December 24, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Patricia, Lexington, MA

    What kind of simpleton would compare Mitt Romney to Santa Claus??? Romney is a slimey, pandering, insincere fraud and God help us if this phoney, big-business bobble-head gets the GOP nomination! He's run the most negative campaign of any of the current GOP candidates, using his vast millions to run ads against Giuliani, Huckabee and now John McCain in New Hampshire. Don't be fooled by this creep, for God's sake! This guy was governor of my state and was a terrible leader would NOT have been re-elected had he run again!

    December 24, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. abdul chaara

    dont matter who win , they all work for the same big companies,even countries like somalia have more than 10 parties to choose from , why we in the USA have only parties to choose from a bad one , and a very bad .its about time that people should found happy meduim.

    December 24, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Skib, Philadelphia, PA

    Ron Paul 08!

    December 25, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  10. tj henderson texas

    what happen to keeping the division of church n state.,.,church is getting into politic n become very greedy ,.,.captolist ,.im wonder if ever bible thumper aint a mason ,.,.tax the churches n stop them from stealing other people land n home .,the chuch has become very sinful ,.keep church out of goverment ,.period.,.,including churches that incorparate,.,.,there god n jesus aint my god n jesus at all

    December 25, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  11. Allan Jones, Boston MA

    Democrats and Huckleberry fans have so much fun Romney bashing. I love it. Just shows how scared they are that he'll get the GOP nomination. And they should be scared. Go Romney, the best candidate in the election!

    December 25, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Thomas J. Indianapolis, IN

    Michael Dunst is an idiot. First of all, Barack Obama is not a muslim and he should not be made to answer for his father's religion or belief. This suppose to be the land where people are judged base their own deeds, for God sake. Those who are playing to the prejudices of others by branding Senator Obama a muslim are the worst kind of Americans and the worse kinds among human beings. Good News, however, as always, prejudice and racism never succeed.

    December 25, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Sam, Los Angeles

    Michael Dunst is obviously the "hired help" here! The question is, hot much is he getting paid?

    December 25, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Mike, L.A., CA

    Politics and entertainment continually come together during political campaigns as candidates try to use star power to bring in crowds. Most recently, Obama toured the first primary states with talk-show queen, Oprah Winfrey. Obama has talked a lot about his foreign policy and recently sat down in a lunch meeting with singer Al Walser, who is also the goodwill ambassador from Liechtenstein. Al Walser is the first bi-racial citizen from his country. As politics and entertainment merge, people like Obama are taking time out to meet with Al Walser and talk about how our countries can help each other. To check out the video and other interesting facts about Al Walser and the people of Liechtenstein, visit:

    December 25, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. rdierker

    I wouldn't mind if people from Obama's camp called or visited for Christmas, they are such kind and awesome people it would be a joy to my world. On the other hand any other candidate's people would probably irritate me, especially a republican. All I want for Christmas is an Obama victory in 08.

    December 25, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. rdierker

    The GOP is the party that hates God. To quote MC Rove himself...
    "Just get me some (explicit) faith based initiative on the ballot"

    Anyone who still thinks the Republicans are the "God party" are really naive.

    Just like Republicans are the party that is "protecting the sanctity of marriage"... right.
    Hows Larry Craig's marriage holding up this Christmas? Mark Foleys'? Guilianni? Vitter's? Haster's? Haggart's? Oh yeah, the republicans are so moral (GAGGG!).

    December 25, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. jah, atlanta ga

    Dr. Paul cured my apathy!

    December 25, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. strong arm,la.

    shut up henderson and merry christmas!

    December 25, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. scott baker

    About Rommney being a stupid fool: Hillarys an even bigger stupid fool. Romney is only a stupid fool in the eyes of the facist anti-male feminist far left is all. It doesnt matter how much more financial or moraly criminaly slanderous activity you engage in or get cought up in as long as you're good o'l Hillary Cinton. With her they bury the news six feet deep. Liberal controlled news media circling their wagons around Hillary to repell accurate news media attention being made of whatever illegal activity she was engaged in in times past. Her and her husband. Oh well, things do have a way about comming out in the wash and between now and election date you will see the anti-hillary-ites dig real deep into a new vein of scandoulous imformation concerining Hillary and her husband Bill. Vote your conscience everyone........

    December 25, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. Ted Pocev

    The only one candidate that would save America is Ron Paul – and that's NO DOUBT. Just learn to listen for God's sake! PLEASE at least try to!

    I wish you to get a gift of LISTENING this year folks!

    Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Jango Davis

    So, let me get this straight, Iowa moves its caucus to Jan 3 and all of a sudden you cry-baby knee-jerk conservatives are claiming all the politcal advertisements are a left-wing liberal wonder we're losing in Iraq and Osama bin Laden is still alive, with leadership like that, who needs enemies, we have the RNC...and Iowa.

    December 25, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. Bill, Irvine, CA

    Jesus was a liberal Jew, not a conservative Christian. I am sure he woudl have been a political activist even on his own Birthday. He was the new peace and compassion and not for war and capitalism.

    December 25, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. chris sc

    Was he a liberal? how would he feel about abortion? how would he feel about gay rights?

    December 26, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  24. Ian, Paris

    Can someone please remind us all about one of the principle tenants of our founding fathers, that of the separation of church and state? I want good governance, and I could care less about whose god he/she follows. Same goes for the private lives of our candidates – who cares what happened in their bedrooms, their adolescence, etc. Does that have any indication of someone's competency as a leader? Sure doesn't if you look at our supreme leader now... And let's just stop with the Obama being a muslim bit. Are people really that idiotic to believe that inane conspiracy theory? Give the American people more credit, we are not stupid. Although Bush was elected twice...hmmm, maybe we should work on that.

    December 26, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  25. Jim , Bethlehem, pa

    Can't blame the politicos for working through the holidays. They aren't the idiots who scheduled these early primaries. Don't worry, once they get elected they won't work anytime near a holiday..

    December 26, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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