You could be forgiven for thinking the presidential
election is just around the corner, instead of late next year. Debate season is
well underway. Last night, New Hampshire
was the site of the third Republican debate so far. Earlier in the week, it was
host to the second debate by the Democrats. Democrats elbowed each other,
Republicans went after the Democrats, and pretty much everybody criticized
President Bush. With a flock of contenders in both fields, what effect do early
debates have on the long-term race?
Eighteen months before the election, what campaign strategies are
emerging? Do debates have any effect on public opinion so early in the season?
Will immigration and Iraq define the election next year?
Tony Fabrizio, Republican pollster, Fabrizio, McLaughlin, & Associates
Michael Crowley, Time magazine (@CrowleyTIME)
John Zogby, President and CEO, Zogby International
Ann Stone, Republicans for Choice (@aews)
Mara Vanderslice, Founder of Common Good Strategies