A Crowded Field Hits the Campaign Trail

The 2008 U.S. presidential race is off to an early start, with many fresh, diverse contenders entering the marathon to the White House. Readers stressed the importance of a concrete agenda to clear the toughest hurdle — how to handle Iraq — as they anticipate a historic dash to the finish

All the candidates, regardless of party affiliation, should know something about the next 648 days [Feb. 5]. They will be rejected if they engage in the personal attacks and name calling that we have witnessed in past elections. We need realistic solutions to real problems....

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