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.
Former Governor, Vermont
Thurs. Jan. 15: It's Day 2 of the Howard Dean bus tour across Iowa. The day, as is often the case in Iowa, began with Dean flipping pancakes for a couple hundred would-be caucus goers. Then, to spice things up a little, Carol Moseley Braun dropped out of the race and endorsed Dean.
U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
Thurs. Jan. 15: It seemed like another routine campaign stop Wednesday in Des Moines when Sen. John Kerry visited the Romance Café to meet with local Asian Americans. Little did he know that he would run into a long-lost friend there.
U.S. Representative, Missouri
Thurs. Jan. 15:
Having campaigned for president in Iowa in '88, combined with the amount of time he has put in this year, Dick Gephardt may have spent more time in the state than some Iowa politicians. But one week before the caucus, Gephardt is noticeably absent from the Hawkeye State – though he's been busy nonetheless. Stuck in the snow in Grand Rapids Michigan, the Gephardt campaign was hoping to get back to Iowa Wednesday night.
Retired U.S. Army General
Thurs. Jan. 15: After listening to Wesley Clark's stump speech several times a day – day after day – I have become immune to the laugh lines. But I'm not expected to laugh; Mrs. Clark, when she's on the road, always laughs at her husband's jokes. And I would imagine she's heard them even more times than me.
U.S. Senator, North Carolina
Tues. Jan. 13: If Sunday's endorsement of Sen. John Edwards by the Des Moines Register wasn't enough good news, Edwards appeared Monday on the FRONT page of The New York Times. This, coupled with the overall increase in attention he's been getting in recent days, is all great news for the North Carolina senator, who is banking on a strong finish in Iowa. While several weeks ago this may have seemed implausible, with just one week to go before the caucuses, it may not be so farfetched. In fact, a poll released by Zogby Monday has Kerry at 16 and Edwards at 12 (note: poll was taken over three days, Fri.-Sun., but Zogby says he wouldn't expect any effect from the DMR endorsement to show until tomorrow). A strong finish in Iowa is important, if not critical, if Edwards is to move forward with his campaign.
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.