CBS News reporters are out on the road covering the 2004 presidential race. They'll be sharing their observations, impressions and anecdotes from the campaign trail in our daily Roadblog.
U.S. Representative, Missouri
Mon. Jan. 12: Gephardt campaign manager Steve Murphy, in a conference call with reporters on Sunday, again warned about outsiders (non-Iowans) infiltrating the caucuses. He said while there are no restrictions on who can come to caucus, there are restriction on who can vote. He is also worried that entrance polling may have validity problems because of the way that numbers are reported from the precincts.
U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
Mon. Jan 12: On Saturday, Kerry hit the trifecta, enjoying three highly attended Iowa rallies with Sen. Edward Kennedy, two Iowa newspaper endorsements (Quad City Times, Iowa Press Citizen) and one NFL playoff win for his home state New England Patriots.
U.S. Senator, Connecticut
Mon. Jan. 12: The Black and Brown debate in Des Moines on Sunday was a weird debate. However, all the candidates seemed very much in character: Howard Dean got most of the attacks/attention and tried to run things; John Kerry was in the shadows and came off as presidential and aloof; Joe Lieberman, Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton were fighting for some playing time.
Retired U.S. Army General
Fri. Jan. 9: Clark met his entire press corps, which seems to be growing by the hour, at the L.L. Bean factory outlet store in Concord, N.H., Thursday morning. While waiting for the general to arrive, Clark senior adviser Chris Lehane bought a hunter's hat, the kind with the earflaps, and director of press advance Sunny Gettinger purchased a red down jacket.
Former Governor, Vermont
Fri. Jan 9: Blackberries, pagers, and cell phones began buzzing just moments after Dean took the stage Friday in the Portsmouth, N.H., Music Hall. Staffers and reporters alike discovered that Sen. Tom Harkin, who holds the most coveted endorsement in Iowa, planned to announce his support for Gov. Dean.
U.S. Senator, North Carolina
Fri. Jan. 9: With the clock ticking down to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Sen. Edwards didn't miss a beat Thursday, traveling to all three states. He had a morning event in Iowa, then flew to South Carolina for two afternoon events, then jetted off to New Hampshire late in the evening so he could be in place for a three-day swing through the state. It will be his last time campaigning in N.H. until Jan. 20.