andy: Andy of ecommissary.com from Kenya - I admire the way Americans go about in voting for their leaders - it's a process that eventually weans those that cannot serve at the top. This is in contrast here in Kenya - where even delayed announcements of poll results lead to skirmishes and the like. Kudod guys!
sudan: Hello all.
Kyle: Hello, thanks for hosting this discussion. Mr. Zitner, I'm curious about the conspicuous lack of press given by the Times to Ron Paul. Specifically, in the "Snapshots of the Candidates" feature. It seems very odd that you would exclude him given his popularity, his success in early primaries and his impressive debate performances.
davenj: Did anyone read Taylor Marsh's piece on Huffington Post
davenj: It was very enlightening
iheartcampaign08: what do you think the odds are that huckabee, giuliani and ron paul will remain in the race after super tuesday?
iheartcampaign08: would you say that, at this point in the race, john edwards is essentially running for vice president?
Janet Hook: Andy thanks for your comments on the contrast between our politics and those of other nations, like Kenya. What's been the reaction to Barack Obama's candidacy
Rita: Yes, I do think that Edwards is headed toward the VP spot.
Doyle McManus: Wallace, good question on Ron Paul. Congressman Paul has been asked this question and has said no, he won't run as an independent -- not even as a libertarian (they do have their own party, you know). His candidacy is unusual but not all that bizarre. The outlying fringes of each major party often produce a candidate or two, especially in a wide-open race like this one. It's a good way for unconventional ideas to get a national airing, if nothing else.
mark: Huckabee will stay in - so that he has a "voice" but he already knows that he will not be nominated for the Presidency.
wallace: What role has blogging played in this year's presidential election as compared to the last time around?
Janet Hook: Dear Iheartcampaign08, on John Edwards, I think yes that he's playing for influence, whether the vice presidency or some other role -- like kingmaker -- remainis to be seen. To say nothing of keeping the campaign interesting.
Rita: What can we do to get the Dems to speak more about social concerns? I'm shocked, for instance, that they seem to have ceded "family values" matters to Republicans.
Aaron Zitner: Hello all. Regarding Ron Paul: We have written several stories about Dr. Paul. In addition, we have covered him extensively on our politics blog, Top of the Ticket, where we have tracked where he has opened offices, which debates he has been admitted to and barred from, etc. We are aware that Dr. Paul has done better in several of the early primaries and caucuses than have Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson (he placed second in Nevada, behind Mitt Romney). Many factors go into our coverage decisions, and Dr. Paul's performance in the early contests will certainly be one of those factors.
Doyle McManus: Iheartcampaign08, I like your screen name! On your Super Tuesday question, I'd guess that there's an even chance that Huckabee and/or Giuliani will at least suspend campaigning if they don't do well, because they're running out of money. Ron Paul is more of a "message" candidate; I'd expect him to stay in to keep delivering his points anywhere he can.
iheartcampaign08: thank you janet, he definitely has made it interesting!