Decision 2012: Civics & Citizenship

Exhibit Connection

Exhibit Connection

Exhibit Connection

No matter the party or platform, every presidential candidate has to follow certain steps to go from being a White House hopeful to residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In the Newseum exhibit "Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press," visitors can walk along a "campaign trail" on the floor of the exhibit that traces the key stages of every campaign, from declaring the intent to run to drumming up support to celebrating victory or conceding defeat. Photo clues along the way point you toward famous campaign moments from the past 100 years.

If you can't make it to the Newseum's exhibit, check out this C-SPAN website that follows the 2012 campaign's "Road to the White House." You can learn about the importance of milestones such as the Iowa caucuses and the debates, and watch videos about how these key moments have played out in the current campaign.

Think about this: Why do some states' caucuses and primaries receive more media attention than others? Which stop along the road to the White House do you think is the most important for candidates? For the media? Is it better to make a big splash early on or save the most intense campaigning for later in the race? What do you think will happen in the milestones yet to come in this year's race?