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Mark Curtis Media - Political Analyst
I spent 2008 "on the road" as a freelance reporter and blogger covering all of the Presidential candidates, from big cities to small towns all across America!
It was the "road trip" of a lifetime, chasing the political candidates all over America in 2008.
I started in Des Moines, Iowa on January 2, and finished in Los Angeles on Election Day, November 4, 2008. Along the way I visited 32 states, with stops in major cities such as Philadelphia and Dallas, as well as small towns such as Derry, New Hampshire and Sturgis, South Dakota.
My book is not just about the candidates and ther strategists. In fact, mine is not an "inside baseball" tale. I spent much of my time speaking with average Americans at coffee shops, bars, grocery stores and town hall rallies, trying to get a feel for their hopes and dreams for this election.
From the North Carolina Primary:
Then the ex-president headed in for lunch, and we knew this would be a long wait, no matter that he was scheduled to be in Winston-Salem at 1 p.m. Finally about 1:20, Mr. Clinton emerged from lunch, shook hands, and signed books for some people, then stopped to greet me. As he shook my hand, I inquired, "How was the barbecue Mr. President?" "It was unbelievable." he said, "The barbecue was good. The hush puppies were good," be added. "Anything else?" I asked. "If I had the ice cream, I'd need a nap," Clinton said. He walked a few steps further and - still waving to the crowd - got into his Secret Service van.
At first I wondered, "What was I thinking? This is the most critical election in 60 years, and I ask the ex-president and husband of one of the candidates about food? Then I thought, "Lighten up, Mark. Campaigns are supposed to be fun, too!"
And, truth be told, small town America is a great place to stop and kvetch about politics. People here were thrilled to be put on the map. Polls had been open since 6:30 a.m. in North Carolina, and turnout was heavy. A half-million people had already voted by mail.