August 3rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

How early is too early for presidential campaign to begin?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Right now, it's all about the 2010 midterm elections... or is it? As soon as the polls close on November 2 and the winners are announced, the focus will shift to the presidential race of 2012.
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Even though that may seem far away... for some, the presidential campaign has already begun.

Potential Republican hopefuls are already logging multiple visits to key early states - like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.... he's set to make his fifth visit to Iowa next week... he's also made three trips to New Hampshire.

Pawlenty insists he won't decide whether or not to run until early next year. Maybe… but in the meantime he's working it.... big-time. Meeting local politicians, shaking hands with voters, making speeches about how to fix the country, talking about his blue-collar background, raising money for his political action committee... you get the idea.

And Pawlenty is not the only one. Far from it.

According to Radio Iowa, since the 2008 presidential race ended, the following politicians have been to Iowa multiple times: former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Also, former Governors Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and George Pataki have each been once.

It could very well be one of this crop who hopes to unseat Pres. Obama.

For the rest of us, this means before you know it… we'll be bombarded daily with polls and television ads and fund-raising pleas and debates... and all the wonderful things that go along with a presidential campaign. Wolf is positively giddy in anticipation.

Here’s my question to you: How early is too early for another presidential campaign to begin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


May 23rd, 2008
05:59 PM ET

Kids donating $ from toys to politicians?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Hillary Clinton is reminding voters about that 11-year-old Kentucky boy who sold his bike and video games so he could donate more than $400 to her campaign. And his parents let him do it. And she took the money.

After her win in Kentucky this week, Clinton once again thanked Dalton Hatfield, saying he helped her "carry the day" in his home state.

The New York Times caught up with 5th grader, who says he decided to donate to Clinton's campaign about two months ago when he saw she was running low on money: "I just saw so much that I did not need such as like my video games, and I thought, 'What can I do with them?'" So he sold his bike, video games and also collected other donations.

He says Clinton has "very good views on specific issues that are important to this election”, including the war, the economy and health care – all things that matter deeply to an 11-year-old.

Hatfield has since met with both former President Bill Clinton and Hillary. He says he was nervous about meeting Senator Clinton... but she told him that he'll "always have two friends, her and Bill." The elementary school student says he'd have to think about raising money for Obama, should he become the nominee... but as of now, probably not.

The story of a little kid selling his toys to donate money to a politician is the perfect way to end the week for the Cafferty File.
Interested to know which ones made it on air?