In a campaign that feels like it's been going on forever, we are finally inside the 365 day window - Tuesday marks the start of the one-year countdown to Election Day 2008.
A key piece of the 2007 Election Day story is already complete -- Republicans picked up a victory in Louisiana October 20 when Rep. Bobby Jindal won the gubernatorial contest. Republican Haley Barbour seems likely to hold onto the governor's mansion in Mississippi but Democrat Steve Beshear is expected to defeat incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher in Kentucky.
On the presidential campaign trail, it's another day of barnstorming in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
John McCain and Hillary Clinton participate in events at Renewable Energy Group®, Inc. in Ames and Newton, Iowa Tuesday. McCain attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new REG headquarters in Ames and Clinton tours Central Iowa Energy, a biodiesel production facility managed by REG in Newton.
Elizabeth Edwards will be honored as one of Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" at an awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York Monday night. The magazine notes her "constant presence on the campaign trail" and cites her as a "tireless advocate for better U.S. health care" whose "courage and optimism give hope to countless women living with cancer."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also will receive an award of special recognition at the Glamour event.
Pelosi sat down for an interview Monday with ABC News' Rick Klein and said that Hillary Clinton hasn't been treated differently because she's the only woman in the presidential race, but added that her campaign appears to have been trying to exploit that perception in the wake of last week's Democratic debate. LINK
"[Sen. Clinton] said it best: They're 'piling on' -- or whatever the words were -- 'because I'm the front-runner.' That's why they're piling on," said Pelosi. "If she was in third place, they wouldn't say, 'Let's go attack a woman.'"
More from Klein:
"But in distributing a Web video splicing together her opponents' attacks her campaign appears to be exploiting perceptions of Clinton facing down a field of aggressive male challengers," Pelosi said.
"I think the campaign is trying to take advantage of another -- probably people who didn't even watch the debate, to say, 'Oh, they were really rude,' or something like that, and that has some salience,' said Pelosi, who has said she does not plan to endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary. "You know, every vote counts."
On the campaign trail…
-- 11:15 am ET: Tours the Carolina Hope Adoption Agency, Greenville, S.C.
-- 5:30 pm ET: Meets with voters, Anderson, S.C.
--no public events
-- 10:30 am ET: Speaks at the Leadership Summit on Breast Cancer, Lebanon, N.H.
-- 10:30 am ET: Attends an announcement from the National Veteran Coalition, Columbia, S.C.
-- 2:20 pm ET: Meets with voters, Fort Mill, S.C.
-- 6:00 pm ET: Meets with voters, Spartanburg, S.C.
-- 9:30 am ET: Cuts the ribbon at the new Renewable Energy Group headquarters, Ames, Ia.
-- 12:25 pm ET: Meets and greets voters, Boone, Ia.
-- 1:00 pm ET: Holds a town hall meeting, Decorah, Ia.
-- 2:20 pm ET: Has media availability, Decorah, Ia.
-- 3:35 pm ET: Has media availability, Cedar Rapids, Ia.
As for the Democrats. . .
-- 12:00 pm ET: Tours the Renewable Energy Group production facility, Newton, Ia.