Two old sayings are colliding in the presidential campaign, and there’s some truth to both of them. Politics is dirty. Midwesterners are nice.
That’s why the presidential candidates avoided attacking each other in crucial Iowa debates this week, even though they are in a no-holds-barred fight behind the scenes. They feared they would only hurt themselves if they were too harsh in public just three weeks before the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses.
Will they be checking for out-of-state IDs at the caucuses?
The major presidential campaigns are flooding the state with hundreds of field staffers, and there’s at least some concern that those operatives could show up for the Jan. 3 precinct caucuses and distort the outcome of the opening test of the presidential nominating season.
Democratic presidential hopefuls called for higher taxes on the highest-paid Americans and on big corporations Thursday and agreed in an unusually cordial debate that any thought of balancing the federal budget would have to wait.
“We’re not going to be able to dig ourselves out” of Bush-era deficits in the next year or two, said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of six Democratic rivals sharing a stage for the final time before Iowa’s leadoff Jan. 3 caucuses.
A top campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned, a day after suggesting Democrats should be wary of nominating Barack Obama because his teenage drug use could make it hard for him to win the presidency.
Clinton herself apologized to Obama as they waited to fly to Iowa for a debate.
Obama’s campaign sent out a fundraising letter contending that “this kind of attack is becoming a pattern as Clinton’s support declines.”
If you happen to be walking behind presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee, you might see a small trail of blood and hear a scraping sound. That’s because his knuckles are dragging.
An opportunity arose at Univision’s Republican Presidential Forum on Dec. 9 for one of the Republican candidates to break out from the pack.
The Spanish-language television network’s anchor Maria Elena Salinas asked the final question of the night. On reflection, it should have been the leadoff question.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s backup plan if she falters in Iowa can be summed up in two words: New Hampshire.
Clinton’s Democratic team is preparing television ads here criticizing Barack Obama’s health care plan and working to build what campaigns call a firewall. If the Obama presidential campaign ignites in Iowa, she wants to be ready to cool him off in a state where her organization is strong and her support has proven durable.
From behind an anchor desk ringed with empty Budweiser cans and Jack Daniel’s bottles, the pundits of “Red State Update” dissect election politics from the good ol’ boy point of view.
The Web-based sketches star “Jackie Broyles” and “Dunlap” deriding Democrats’ inability to talk to NASCAR fans or inflating and then deflating home state hero Fred Thompson. (He’s not lazy, the real-life former Tennesseans insist — “he’s just real old.”)
Republican presidential candidates failed to provide convincing or clear answers on issues of key importance to Latinos during a Univision-sponsored debate at the University of Miami Dec. 9.
Immigration was its central issue, with instant interpretation provided for the network’s Spanish-speaking audience.
It’s not easy figuring out exactly what voters want when it comes to health care.