Every minute of every day — from the smallest county in Iowa to the latest mega fundraiser in New York — ABC News has dispatched several young reporters to spread out across the nation delivering the latest news from the campaign trail.
It's a historic election — the first wide open nomination race without a sitting president or vice president on the ballot in more than a half a century. The traditional campaign bus has been replaced by corporate jets; Internet access is available almost everywhere; and, every move the candidates make is tracked not just by the morning paper but by blogs and digital cameras.
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Check out the latest samples from our reporters in the field every day:
Sunlen Miller (following the Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., campaign)
Recently this week I've felt more like an entertainment reporter than a political reporter. Barack Obama is using the celebrity factor for the fourth straight day in a row. Friday night he held a concert at the Riviera in downtown Chicago with Jeff Tweedy, and Macy Gray. Then it was the Oprahpalooza tour with four stops in three states in two days. Monday he held a Los Angeles fundraiser where Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and the Goo Goo Dolls came out. We're headed back to Iowa soon — where I've heard we're doing a "small town" bus tour — and the highlights of L.A. will be just a distant memory…
For more, take a look at Sunlen's Facebook profile here: http://www.facebook.com/person.php?id=6929836859
Matt Stuart (following the Republican Mitt Romney campaign)
At a campaign event today Romney revealed that he might be a bit competitive with his fellow runners at the gym. As Romney went to introduce himself to another woman, she told him she was on the treadmill next to him that morning. Romney laughed and said that he was "being very careful, just look straight ahead." But Romney then added, "You were working hard. I noticed that. 5.5 or so — ?" The woman chuckled and said, "Uhh. … I guess so."
For more, here is Matt's Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/person.php?id=6883141986
Eloise Harper (following the Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., campaign)
When Chelsea Clinton stepped foot onto the campaign trail this past weekend, I was expecting extreme protection and limited access to the former first daughter. The opposite proved to the the case. Chelsea was engaging with not only reporters, but also with Iowans. Clinton's daughter wandered around a fire station in Washington, Iowa, without an entourage, and shook people's hands introducing herself as "Chelsea." She asked people if they would caucus for her mom and chided one man who said "sure." "That wasn't the enthusiasm I was looking for, but Ill take it," she said. Because I was five feet from her the entire day — she even spoke to me. We shared a short exchange about coffee mugs, and when I tripped and almost landed face first on the floor she laughed charmingly — and said "Careful. … Wow!"