Running Mate Blog

By Katie Shahriari

The rush is on. Not the holiday shopping rush, but the rush of presidential candidates as they shake as many hands as possible in Iowa and New Hampshire with less than six weeks before the first contests.

As the nation awakes from its collective turkey coma, the race for the White House officially kicks into high gear this weekend.

GOP candidate Mitt Romney is spending the weekend in New Hampshire - as is his rival, Rudy Giuliani, who takes his bus tour through the Granite state.

But the GOP candidates will have to make their way south by the middle of next week as they go head to head in the GOP version of the CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, FL.

If you recall, the dems already had to answer questions submitted by users of the internet website YouTube back in late July - which included a snowman asking about global warming. This time, the GOP candidates will face off answering questions submitted by the public.

Meanwhile, the democratic candidates are spending most of their time in Iowa since that states' caucuses take place on January 3rd.

Sens. Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton get back to the campaign grind with visits to the Hawkeye state on Saturday and Sunday. But Sen. Joe Biden never left Iowa, and spent Thanksgiving day pouring coffee to patrons at a restaurant in Urbandale.

Why would Biden feel the need to campaign on the day of giving thanks? Probably because the polls in Iowa appear to show a dead heat between Clinton, Obama and former Sen. John Edwards. Maybe Biden feels six weeks is enough time for it to still be anybody's ball game.

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