||December 28, 2007
'08 Candidates Speak Out on Pakistan, Prepare for Iowa
After a report on how presidential candidates are responding to the week's events in Pakistan, analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks consider the news of the week, including the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and the upcoming Iowa caucuses.
December 13, 2007
Democrats Take Their Turn on Iowa Debate Stage
In their last debate before the key Iowa Caucus on Jan. 3, six of the the Democratic presidential candidates outlined their policies on tax reform and trade in hopes of swaying Iowa voters.
November 16, 2007
Nevada Voters Weigh Democratic Debate
Democratic presidential hopefuls exchanged their most overt attacks yet in a Thursday night debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In the last of the NewsHour's Big Picture reports from Las Vegas, a panel of Nevada voters discuss the debate and the 2008 election.
November 9, 2007
Campaign Ad Blitz Begins on Iowa's Airwaves
Many presidential candidates have recently launched television and radio ads in Iowa ahead of the state's Jan. 3 caucus that focus on both domestic and international causes and take aim at party front-runners.
November 6, 2007
Candidates Strive to Address Voters' Climate Concerns
Environmental issues such as climate change and energy use have been frequent topics on the 2008 presidential campaign trail with both GOP and Democratic hopefuls offering policy plans. Two analysts examine the candidates' differing proposals to address climate issues.
October 31, 2007
Democratic Contenders for President Attack Front-runner Clinton in Debate
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., fielded tough criticism from other contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday in an MSNBC-hosted debate. Two political journalists provide insight on the shift in tone in the primary race.
October 10, 2007
Democrats Withdraw from Michigan Primary
Five Democratic candidates chose to withdraw their names from the Michigan primary ballot in another round of the calendar shuffle that pits allegiance to national party rules against voters in states grappling for more nominating influence.
October 5, 2007
Democratic and GOP Strategists Take Your Questions on Campaign Coffers
In one of our Insider Forums, Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus and Democratic strategist Laura Schwartz answer your questions on campaign fund raising reports released this week and how the election is shaping up.
September 27, 2007
Democrats Sound Off on Iraq
Democrats debated Iraq scenarios and health care policy at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday at an MSNBC forum moderated by Tim Russert.
September 24, 2007
Richardson Advocates Full Iraq Troop Withdrawal
In the next in a series of presidential candidate interviews, Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., details his plan for pulling U.S. troops from Iraq and discusses the need for diplomacy in the Middle East, among other issues.
September 21, 2007
Democratic Forum Centers on Health Care
NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss Thursday's Democratic forum on health care and financial security, Sen. Hillary Clinton's own health care proposal, the Senate divide on Iraq policy, and President Bush's nomination for attorney general.
September 20, 2007
Hsu Fallout Spotlights Campaign 'Bundlers'
Federal prosecutors in New York charged Norman Hsu, a businessman who has raised millions for Democratic candidates, with defrauding investors of $60 million and illegally making campaign contributions in other people's names.
September 14, 2007
President Discusses War; Candidates React to Iraq Reports
Presidential hopefuls weighed in on the series of Iraq reports, with Democrats expressing skepticism over progress and potential for success. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss how Iraq-related news has played out on the campaign trail.
August 23, 2007
Candidates Ratchet Up Political Game in Iowa
Presidential candidates descended upon Iowa in mid-August to compete in the Republican straw poll, participate in a Democratic debate and hobnob with voters at the state fair. Iowa Public Radio followed the candidates through the state fair in Des Moines.
August 20, 2007
Clinton, Obama, Edwards Battle for Iowa's Support in Debate
Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered for another debate Sunday, this time in the critical caucus state of Iowa to discuss Iraq, political experience and their electability on ABC's "This Week."
August 8, 2007
On Stage Together Again, Democrats Don't Hold Back
The Democratic candidates met at another forum, this one sponsored by the AFL-CIO with the intent to focus on labor concerns. But the forum, which turned into more of a debate than a conversation, focused on other issues such as foreign policy and contributions from lobbyists.
August 6, 2007
Democrats Woo Bloggers; Republicans Face Off in Iowa
Democrats vying for the 2008 presidential nomination spent the weekend courting liberal bloggers at the YearlyKos Convention in Chicago, while the Republican candidates debated in Des Moines, Iowa. A political journalist discusses the presidential race.
July 24, 2007
Democrats Face Voter Questions in New Format
Democratic presidential hopefuls fielded questions directly from the voters Monday in a debate sponsored by CNN and the video sharing Web site YouTube. A reporter and political analyst discuss the candidates' answers and new debate format.
June 4, 2007
Democrats Debate Iraq, Health Care in New Hampshire
In the next round of debates for the 2008 Democratic presidential hopefuls, candidates outlined their opinions on Iraq and the war on terror, as well as health care and the crisis in Darfur. A political reporter discusses the debate.
May 9, 2007
Economic Conservatives Hunt for Likeminded Candidate
While the Iraq war continues to dominate the current political debate, Republican candidates are jockeying to position themselves as the true fiscal conservative in the race. The question is whether voters are satisfied with what they are hearing.
May 4, 2007
California Democrats Speak Out on Candidates
The California Democratic Party held its state convention in San Diego, giving the party's 2008 presidential candidates the opportunity to make their case in the Sunshine State. In an audio slide show, convention attendees explain who they support and why.
April 27, 2007
Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate War, Terrorism
Eight Democrats vying for the 2008 presidential nomination united in criticizing the Iraq war during a debate Thursday. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks evaluate the candidates' performances.
April 23, 2007
Democrats Search for Positions on Iraq War
Democratic presidential hopefuls are starting to outline their foreign policies, including where they stand on the Iraq war. Peter Beinart,at the Council on Foreign Relations and editor-at-large of "The New Republic," and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne discuss candidate stances on Iraq.
April 19, 2007
Democrats Set up Camp in Nevada's Early Primary Battle
Nevada has historically had no impact on the nominating process for the presidential contests, but after the Democratic Party authorized Nevada to move its caucus up to January, candidates are organizing their campaigns to motivate and educate voters in what could be an important battleground state.
April 11, 2007
First Virtual Town Hall Engages Voters Through Internet
Using Internet technology to advance voter participation in the 2008 election, seven Democratic candidates participated in a "virtual town hall" Tuesday night to answer questions about the war on Iraq.
April 2, 2007
Clinton, Romney Break $20 Million in First Quarter Fund Raising
Campaigns continued to release fund-raising totals Monday when former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney joined Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., as the only other candidate to announce first-quarter totals that topped the $20 million mark.
February 12, 2007
Diverse Candidates Aim to Transcend Race, Gender
It's clear that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, and Mitt Romney are going to have spend a lot of this campaign talking about race, gender, ethnicity, and even religion.
January 31, 2007
Ready, Set, Campaign: 2008 Presidential Race Starts Early
News for Students: In the first presidential election since 1928 without a sitting president or vice president running, more than a dozen hopefuls already have lined up for the race, making for one of the longest campaign seasons ever.
January 22, 2007
2008 Presidential Field Continues to Grow
Three more candidates - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and former Gov. Bill Richardson - formally launched their presidential campaigns last weekend, adding their names to an expanding list of candidates vying for the presidency in 2008.