U.S. presidential election, 2008

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This page is devoted to the candidates seeking the presidency in the 2008 election. All candidates—as well as rumored ones— are noted, as well as information concerning primaries, debates, congressional endorsements, and political ads.

Political parties

AmericaFirst Party

Constitution Party

Democratic Party

Announced as candidate

Main article: Hillary Clinton: U.S. presidential election, 2008
Main article: Barack Obama: U.S. presidential election, 2008

Possible candidates

  • Gen. Wesley Clark: Has not said that he is running, but has said that if he does, he will declare earlier than he did in 2004. [2]
  • Former Vice-President Al Gore: Has said that he is not running, but has not completely ruled out a bid. [3]

Not/no longer running

  • Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.): Formed an exploratory committee, but concluded that a run was not feasible. [4]
  • Sen. Joe Biden (Del.)
Main article: Joe Biden: U.S. presidential election, 2008

Green Party (U.S.)

Not/no longer running

  • Jared Ball (DC) Ball's campaign announced would yield to and support Cynthia McKinney [12] [13]
  • Howie Hawkins (NY) was a stand in for Ralph Nader, who's now running as an Independent


Libertarian Party

Official Nominee

Former Rep. Bob Barr (Georgia)

Republican Party

Announced as candidate

Main article: John McCain: U.S. presidential election, 2008

Possible candidates

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: Has not announced his candidacy or formed an exploratory committee, but has visited early primary states and stated that he is considering a run. [18]
  • Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.): Has neither announced his candidacy or formed an exploratory committee, but has acknowledged he is considering a run and would decide in late 2007. [19]
  • Former Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.): Has not declared as a candidate or formed an exploratory committee, but has repeatedly visited states with important early primaries. [20]

Not/no longer running

Main article: Rudolph W. Giuliani: U.S. presidential election, 2008

Congressional endorsements

Beginning in early 2007, many members of Congress began endorsing candidates for the presidency in 2008.

Main article: U.S. presidential election, 2008/Congressional endorsements


Democratic presidential primary debates

The Nevada Democratic Party and the Western Majority Project jointly announced that they would host a 2008 presidential debate, which was expected to attract the top Democratic contenders for President. The debate was planned to air on FOX News Channel (FNC) and FOX News Radio on August 14, 2007 in Reno, Nevada. [24]

However, on March 9, 2007, the Nevada Democratic Party backed out of the debate after Fox President Roger Ailes's jokingly compared Dem. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. [25][26] [27]

Candidates face questions from YouTubers at debate at the Citadel

On July 23, 2007, 9 hopefuls for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination faced questions from viewers on YouTube, including a snowman asking about global warming and man with an assault rifle asking about gun control. The debate participants were:

Though the tone of the debate was often relaxed, with jokes coming from the YouTube posters as well as the candidates, there were also many serious questions asked relating to a range of issues, including Iraq withdrawal, global warming, gay marriage, energy policy, No Child Left Behind, and Darfur.[7]

Republican presidential primary debates

On May 3, 2007, ten of the Republican candidates participated in the first Republican primary debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. During the debate, the candidates chose to mention President Bush only once, opting instead to invoke the legacy of Reagan by mentioning his name nineteen times. [8]

Press coverage of the political candidates

2008 election dates

2008 U.S. congressional election dates

Also see 2008 state primaries and caucuses map / info at IN-FORUM.

Political Ad Campaigns

Third-party issue ads

Campaign finance

Election irregularities


Related SourceWatch/Congresspedia articles


  1. "Texas congressman files presidential," CNN, January 2007.
  2. "Hunter forms presidential exploratory," CNN, January 2007.
  3. "Duncan Hunter drops GOP presidential bid," Think Progress, January 19, 2008.
  4. "Tancredto to leave race," Associated Press (The Page/TIME), December 20, 2007.
  5. "Tommy Thompson Drops Presidential Bid," Associated Press (The Raw Story), August 13, 2007.
  6. Sam Youngman. "2008 Dems face the new face of debates," The Hill. July 24, 2007.
  7. Sam Youngman. "2008 Dems face the new face of debates," The Hill. July 24, 2007.
  8. Klaus Marre and Sam Youngman, "Republican candidates invoke Reagan, evade Bush," The Hill, May 4, 2007.

External resources

External articles

Debates and forums

Primary/Caucus calendar