The '08 Race Has Begun

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

February 19, 2007

As people remember past presidents Monday, there is a lot of talk about future presidents.

"It's the highest race in the country," said Matt Smyth, from the UVa Center for Politics.

The race to the white house is on. Presidential hopefuls jump from one state to the next campaigning, trying to gain support, for an election over a year and a half away.

“It's a very, very important election, but it's also an exciting election. The next president can really remake the world,” said Delaware Senator, Joe Biden.

Along with Mr. Biden, democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have announced their running in '08, and from the other side of the isle, Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain.

All of these hopefuls are the front runners of their party, but Smyth said more time in the spot light can hurt candidates.

“A past, a personal past, a professional past, a voting record their going to be held accountable for. So, when you become popular, when you sustain that popularity, you do get a lot of focus,” Smyth said.

The focus right now is on what is called the invisible primary stage. Meaning, candidates are gaining support trough fund raising.

“It’s when candidates usually not so much publicly, but privately talk with donors, party insiders on both sides, and prove that they can be a viable candidate,” said Smyth.

Early estimates, predict $10 million is what it will to take to be a viable candidate, setting a record for an all time high.

Smyth added candidates are starting earlier than usual, by announcing they will run. He said it’s due to the fact that there is not an incumbent president running.

To keep up the momentum, many states have already moved their primaries up to an earlier date.

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