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:: Election Watch USA 2008
Race for the White 
House '08 

(PoliticsWatch Updated 12:00 p.m., November 23, 2007)

There's still 14 months until the next U.S. presidential inauguration, but the race to become the 44th president is on. PoliticsWatch provides a one-stop resource for all the voter information on the 2008 race for the White House.

> Media Roundup
Each week PoliticsWatch highlights some of the best news stories from a wide array of sources on the campaign trail. 

> Opinion Polls
Find out who's leading each party's race for the nomination with the latest opinion polls by party. 

> Infotainment
PolticsWatch monitors the entertainment industry's role in the presidential race. 

> Find out about the candidates as PoliticsWatch monitors the nine Republicans and eight Democrats still in the race, including links to all candidate sites and the bios of the top contenders. 
> Republican Candidates
> Democratic Candidates


> Election Calendar
On their road to the White House, candidates must participate in 50 state primaries to collect important delegate votes. Here's scheduled date of state caucuses and primaries for each party. 

> Original PoliticsWatch Features
Get more insight into the 2008 Presidential race by reading these original PoliticsWatch features. 

> Links
For more information on the 2008 race check out these Web sites. 

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MEDIA ROUNDUP  
(Week ending November 23)

> Poll- New Ideas Put Obama Ahead in Iowa
> Clinton Hits Rough Patch as Iowa Showdown Nears

> What Iowa Slippage Means for Hillary

> Does Clinton Have Dirt on Obama?

> Questions About Carville and CNN

> Thompson goes for laid-back approach
> Source- Romney warned to be on alert for killer

> The Two-Man Republican Race

> Karl Rove: How to Beat Hillary Next November

> New Hampshire primary date- Jan. 8


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OPINION POLLS

> Democratic Polls
November 17/07: Clinton 38 (+/-0); Obama 27 (+3) 

> Republican Polls
November 17/07: Giuliani 29 (+1) ; Thompson 15 (-5)

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INFOTAINMENT

This week, Hollywood writers are on strike putting a halt to all entertainment and talk shows that candidates have appeared on. Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, however, was able to make a cameo appearance at a Screen Actors' Guild picket outside of NBC studios in Burbank.

> Watch the Video

Infotainment Links
> Comedy Central's Indecision 2008

> Kucinich on Letterman
> Barack Obama on SNL

> Ron Paul on Leno

> Stephen Colbert on Meet The Press
> Obama on Leno

> SNL spoofs Fred Thompson

> Daily Show: Hillary Clinton's laugh

> Bill Clinton on the Daily Show
> Fred Thompson with Jay Leno

> HIllary Clinton visits Letterman

> Barack Obama on The Daily Show

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REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

Rudolph Giuliani
Status:
Formally entered race February 15, 2007
Based: New York
Age: 62
Political Experience: Former New York Mayor, former assistant deputy attorney general
Quote: "There is no moral equivalent for this [terrorist] act." 
Official Website: Join Rudy 2008 
Fun Fact: Giuliani was Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2001.


Sen. Fred Thompson 
Status:
Formally entered race September 5, 2007 
Based: Tennessee
Age: 65
Political Experience: Senator for Tennessee 1994 to 2002
Quote: "Every foreign policy of every major nation involves reason, common sense, carrots and sticks. You can't have all carrots and no sticks."
Website: Fred '08 
Fun Fact:
Thompson can be seen in archival footage of the Watergate hearings shown in Oliver Stone's JFK. He was working as a lawyer for the Watergate committee at the time. 


Sen. John McCain 
Status: Formally entered race April 25, 2007  
Based: Arizona
Age: 70
Political Experience: Senator for Arizona since 1987
Quote: "We lost our principles and our majority. And there is no way to recover our majority without recovering our principles first."
Website: John McCain 2008 - John McCain for President
Fun Fact:
McCain will surpass Ronald Reagan as the oldest man elected to a first term as president if he wins in 2008. 


Mitt Romney 

Status:
Formally entered race February 14, 2007 
Born: Massachusetts
Age: 59
Political Experience: Former Massachusetts governor
Quote: “America's culture is also defined by the fact that we are a religious people. We recognize our God not only in our Declaration of Independence, but even in our currency."
Official Website: MittRomney.com 
Fun Fact:
Romney's father, George, sought the Republican nomination and lost to Richard Nixon in 1968.  

OTHER OFFICIAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor -- Website
Duncan Hunter, California Congressman --
Website
Ron Paul, Texas Congressman -- Website
Tom Tancredo, Colorado Congressman -- Website


DROPPED OUT
Jim Gilmore, former Virginia governor.
Dropped out July 14, 2007 citing Fundraising difficulties.
Tommy Thompson, former Wisconsin governor. Dropped out August 12, 2007 after a poor showing in the Ames, Iowa Straw Poll. 
Sam Brownback, Kansas Senator. Dropped out October 19, 2007, citing poor fundraising. 


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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

Sen. Hillary Clinton
Status:
Formed exploratory committee on January 20, 2007 
Based: New York
Age: 59
Political Experience: Senator for New York Senator since 2001
Quote: “In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart.” 
Official Website: Hillary for President
Fun Fact: At the age of 16, Clinton was involved in the 1964 presidential election, campaigning for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.

Sen. Barack Obama
Status:
Formally entered race February 10, 2007
Based: Illinois
Age: 45
Political Experience: Senator for Illinois since 2005
Quote: "The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the Red States."
Website: barackobama.com
Fun Fact:
Like former President Bill Clinton, Obama first received national attention for being the keynote speaker at a Democratic Presidential Convention. 

John Edwards
Status:
Entered Race December 28, 2006
Based: South Carolina
Age: 53
Political Experience: Senator for South Carolina (1999 to 2005). 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee. 
Quote: "When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.”
Website: John Edwards 08
Fun Fact:
Named People magazine's Sexiest Politician Alive in 2000  


OTHER OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
Joe Biden, Delaware Senator -- Website
Christopher Dodd, Connecticut Senator -- Website

Mike Gravel, Former Alaska Governor -- Website
Dennis Kucinich, Ohio Congressman -- Website
Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor- Website

DROPPED OUT

Tom Vilsack, former Iowa Governor -
Dropped out February 23, 2007 citing lack of funds

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ELECTION CALENDAR

DEMOCRATS:  Jan. 3
- Iowa; Jan. 8: New Hampshire; Jan. 15- Michigan; Jan. 19 - Nevada; Jan. 26 - South Carolina; Jan. 29 - Florida; 

Feb. 5 
- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah; Feb. 9 Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington; Feb. 10 - Maine;  Feb. 12 - District of Columbia,  Maryland,  Virginia; Feb. 19  Wisconsin; Feb. 26 - Hawaii

March (date to be determined) - American Samoa, Democrats Abroad, Guam,  Virgin Islands, 
Mar. 4 - Massachusetts, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont; Mar. 8 Wyoming;  Mar. 11 -  Mississippi

April 22
- Pennsylvania 

May 6
- Indiana, North Carolina; May 13 - West Virginia; May 20 - Kentucky, Oregon 

June 1 - Puerto Rico; June 3 - Montana, South Dakota

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REPUBLICANS: Jan. 3 - Iowa;  Jan. 5 Wyoming;  Jan. 8 - New Hampshire; Jan 15 - Michigan; Jan. 19 - Nevada, South Carolina;  Jan 29 - Florida; 

Feb. 2 - Maine; Feb. 5 - Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado; Connecticut, Delaware; Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota; Missouri, Montana; New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island; Tennessee; Utah, West Virginia; Feb. 9 - Louisiana, Washington (a);  Feb. 9 - Kansas: Feb. 12 - D.C. Maryland, Virginia; Feb.19 - Wisconsin, Washington (b) 

Mar. 2 - Hawaii; Mar. 4 - Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, Vermont;  Mar. 11 - Mississippi

April 22 - Pennsylvania

May 6 - Indiana, North Carolina; May 10 - Wyoming; May 13 - Nebraska, West Virginia; May 20 - Kentucky, Oregon; May 27 - Idaho 

June 3 - South Dakota, New Mexico

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Aug. 25 to 28, 2008
: Democratic National Convention (Denver, Colorado)

Sept. 1 to 4, 2008: Republican National Convention (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

Nov. 4, 2008: Election Day

Jan. 29, 2009 - Inauguration Day


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ORIGINAL POLITICSWATCH FEATURES

> The Law & Order candidate now leads McCain
> GOP Race- Are the Republicans ready for Rudy? 

> Democratic Race- Clinton hangs on as Obama surges

> Politicians using video to talk directly to "You"


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