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2008 Presidential Candidates Enter the Race Early

There is nearly two years left until American voters go to the polls and cast their ballots for President; but, the 2008 presidential race is still one of today's biggest news stories. We speak with

2008 Presidential Candidates Enter the Race Early

Tom Fudge: A year from now, we'll be counting votes in Iowa and New Hampshire. In fact, California is expected to hold its presidential primary at the beginning of February, 2008. For some things, a year out is a long time. But when it comes to the U.S. presidential election, one year is "just around the corner."

Next year's race will be interesting, with George W. Bush termed out. There will a few familiar faces in the race, like John McCain on the GOP side and John Edwards for the Democrats. But the real excitement seems to focus on the presidential aspirations of Democrats Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. In addition to that, San Diego's own Duncan Hunter has declared. The dark horses also include Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, Tom Vilsak of Iowa and Bill Richardson, the Governor of New Mexico.

During this hour we're going to open the phones on the presidential race. The Democratic favorites seem to be Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama. But this country has never elected either a black man or a woman for president. Could it happen? Will the GOP nominate a conservative or a centrist? How important is experience? Will Al Gore enter the race? How big a deal will Iraq be?

Guest

  • Dr. Pat Drinan , professor of political science and international relations at USD.