The Washington Times - May 3, 2013, 02:30PM

It will be three very long years until many Americans are in presidential election mode, and eager for talk of their favorite candidates or horse race politics.

But it is never to early in some circles to get a start on things. As of Friday night, C-SPAN will begin airing “The Road to the White House 2016,” firing up its traditional presidential programming that last covered President Obama’s victory speech in November.

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The fair-minded public affairs channel journeys to South Carolina for dueling appearances by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. Both have some presidential buzz going for them, both will appear at significant events in the company of Palmetto State power players.

Mr. Biden is the keynote speaker for annual Democratic Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Columbia, appearing with House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn - who later hosts a down home fish fry - and former South Carolina governor and senator Fritz Hollings.

Mr. Cruz, meanwhile, headlines the Silver Elephant Dinner, in honor of former senator-turned Heritage Foundation president Jim Demint, and in the company of Sens. Tim Scott And Lindsey Graham, plus Gov. Nikki Haley. The event is also in Columbia on Friday night.

And it is a busy day for Mr. Cruz, who will be arriving from Houston after appearing with Wayne LaPierre, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Govs. Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal. The occasion? The National Rifle Association’s three-day convention - attended by some 70,000.