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Former Vice President Al Gore formally announces his support of Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, left, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in early December. Gore's endorsement was a particularly harsh blow to Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., who was Gore's running mate in 2000 and
is seeking the presidential nomination himself.


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By Shelbi Thomas
The road to the White House begins with building support among political activists for the caucuses and primaries, but some presidential candidates are already trying to win the backing of voters outside their parties for the general election.
By Johan Bergenas
Without an extensive volunteer organization, presidential hopefuls will not be successful in Iowa, where people favor grass-root campaigning, Democratic and Republican Party officials say.

By Sara Faiwell
Reporters from the Associated Press thinks it’s irrelevant, The Des Moines Register says it is nuts and the Chicago Tribune calls it goofy. So why the spin? Walk into any media room during a staged event for the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls this political season and you’ll see it: staffers for the candidates’ campaigns running around in frenzied circles just to distribute sheets of paper aimed at improving their candidate’s image in newspaper articles the next day.

By Johan Bergenas
As Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, sees it, reporters who judge his candidacy as not viable and therefore do not cover it as extensively as other presidential campaigns are doing a poor job of journalism. As reporters see it, their job is to make exactly those sorts of judgments.

Dressing the part of a future president
By Ali Noller
For presidential candidates, image is everything, or close to it. Patrician Sen. John Kerry wearing penny loafers to his campaign appearances, lawyer John Edwards sporting a blue-collared shirt in his TV ads- these and other choices are intended to convey a particular message to potential Iowa caucus goers whom the candidates apparently presume to be down-home sorts of folks. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.
With one of the most contested races for the Democratic Party nomination, the 2004 Iowa Caucus will be one of the most important events in the nation. Follow our coverage during the months leading up to the caucus.

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By Crystal Higgins
With nine Democratic hopefuls in the 2004 presidential campaign, candidates may find it challenging to get voters to remember who they are. The Rev. Al Sharpton is neither the most well-covered nor well-known candidate, but his policies and voice are reminiscent of a voice in the presidential campaigns of the 1980s -- the Rev. Jesse Jackson's.

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