Fourth on the trail

For presidential hopefuls, campaigning doesn't stop on the nation's birthday.

Published July 5, 2007

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - Fourth of July virtually everywhere is about fireworks, flags, firetrucks and floats. In Iowa Wednesday, people eyeing the White House also were in the mix.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walked hand in hand with her husband, Bill, in a sunny, postcard-perfect holiday parade in this north-central lakeside town.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also marched - farther back.

There was a float in the parade for Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who also is seeking the GOP presidential nod.

Meanwhile, Sen. Barack Obama, who also was campaigning in Iowa, said he likes and respects former President Clinton but thinks the American people want fresh ideas in the current race for the White House.

"What we're more interested in is in looking forward, not looking backward, " he said in an interview. "I think the American people feel the same way. They are looking for a way to break out of the harsh partisanship and the old arguments and solve problems."

Republican presidential candidate John McCain forsook the campaign trail here, going instead to Iraq where he congratulated new citizens in Baghdad and spoke of the hardships in an unpopular war.

"You know that you who have endured the dangers and deprivations of war so that the worst thing would not befall us, so that America might be secure in our freedom, " McCain said. "As you know, the war in which you have fought has divided the American people. But it has divided no American in their admiration for you. We all honor you."