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.
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.
U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
Fri. Jan. 9: Thursday was Kerry's second consecutive day in New Hampshire and day two of his focus on his "Workers Bill of Rights." He started Thursday much as he started Wednesday – slowly – with a couple of small events to highlight his theme. At the first event, he spoke to six New Hampshire residents at Veano's Restaurant about their financial situations and reiterated his theme of the past couple of days: the "unfairness" in America regarding average workers. He continued the theme at the Page Belting factory in Concord, an outfit that manufactures knife sheaths and leather Zippo lighter holders. Kerry spent about 45 minutes touring the plant, then speaking to 40 employees and taking their questions.
U.S. Senator, Connecticut
Fri. Jan. 9: It was a day of "I feel your pain" politicking.
U.S. Representative, Missouri
Thurs. Jan 8: On his day trip to South Carolina on Wednesday, Gephardt had an event with 200 folks out in front of a closed down steel mill in Georgetown. With African American Rep. Jim Clyburn close by and surrounded by unemployed steel workers, Gephardt gave one his best "NAFTA closed your factory" speeches yet.