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MelissaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-27-05 10:37 AM
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4. It's never too early to run for president

It's never too early to run for president
Republican hopefuls try to position themselves as party's next big player

Stewart M. Powell, Hearst Newspapers

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Washington -- In the Beltway version of "the cat's away, the mice will play," President Bush's prospective Republican successors were busy last week getting their 2008 presidential campaigns started while Bush was traveling in Europe.

Political activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina -- states hosting the first three contests for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008 - - saw the first stirrings of the intramural Republican contest that will play out over the next three years before voters start casting ballots in the nomination struggle in January 2008. Many of the contenders are staging appearances and scheduling speeches at local Republican fund-raisers.


The 2008 election will be the first time that both Republicans and Democrats have wide-open fields for their presidential nominations since 1952.

"It's going to be a free-for-all on both sides," says Sabato.

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