United States Presidential Election 2008

The United States presidential election of 2008 is scheduled for Tuesday November 4th. The Republican Party has chosen John McCain, the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona; Barack Obama, the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois, has been chosen as the nominee for the Democratic Party. The 2008 election is particularly notable because it is the first time in U.S. history that two sitting senators will run against each other for president, and because it is the first time an African American is a presidential nominee for a major party. With African-American candidate Obama, who is of mixed African and Caucasian parentage, as the Democratic nominee for President and McCain's selection of female Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee for Vice-President, the eventual winning ticket is virtually assured of having a historic context. Barring unforeseen events, this will be the first time in American history in which a candidate on the winning ticket is either a woman or an African American.

U.S. History Election 2008 Project

Learn more about the coming election, the requirements for our U.S. History Election Project, and your community "election partner."

Media and the Election

Political Ads 2008 - Click here to see some of the McCain and Obama television ads
Saturday Night Live and the Election - A humorous look at the election
www.livingroomcandidate.org - Great site on the history of media, ads, and the presidential elections. Google Map and the Election

The Candidates

external image obama_Mccain_080509_mn.jpgSenator Barak Obama (Democrat)
Senator John McCain (Republican)

Research and Resources

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The Issues


The Presidential Debates

September 26, 2008 Oxford, Mississippi
October 7, 2008 Nashville, Tennessee
October 15, 2008 Hempstead, New York

October 2, 2008 St. Louis, Missouri (Vice Presidential debate)

Quizzes and Games for Choosing your candidate

http://glassbooth.org/ I highly recommend this wonderful quiz! It's an excellent way to get started thinking about the issues and the candidate with whom you are most likely to match. Lots of students are finding this really useful!