C-SPAN To Start “Road To The White House 2016” 1,286 Days Before Election

The campaign for the successor to President Obama has begun, at least according to C-SPAN:

On Friday, C-SPAN will start branding events with likely presidential hopefuls as “Road to the White House 2016.” The series starts tomorrow with footage of speeches by Vice President Joe Biden and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in South Carolina, and will continue with other events later this month.

This is an unusually early start date for the series, which normally gets under way about two years ahead of Election Day. C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House 2012” didn’t start until Aug. 3, 2010, when the network interviewed Republican hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty. Between then and the election, it aired 552 events — including speeches, debates, conventions, etc. — that came under the “Road to the White House” brand.

News organizations have been hyping the 2016 presidential contest since before the 2012 election, and not a day goes by where there isn’t some talk of politicians’ presidential ambitions. But now, with C-SPAN on board, I think it’s fair to say that the race is truly on.

In other news, “Road To The White House 2020” is scheduled to start on April 21st, 2015.

Okay, I’m kidding about that one.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. ernieyeball says:

    …with C-SPAN on board, I think it’s fair to say that the race is truly on.

    Looks to me like they are just following OTB’s lede.



  2. Tony W says:

    Why stop there? I think Jenna Bush has a real shot in 2032.

  3. And Malia Obama will be ready by the early 2040s

  4. Andre Kenji says:

    There is no reason to short time comedy.

  5. grumpy realist says:

    It’s not going to be the Chinese or the Russkis or Al Qaeda that finally does in the US system. It’s gonna be the ever-increasing demand by the news infotainment system to glue eyeballs to sets 24 hours a day.