Commentary
Published: Nov 16, 2006
Presidential Candidates Begin To Emerge
by Jim Brogan


The jockeying for presidential candidates has begun. The United States Presidential election of 2008 will be held on November 4, 2008.  The election will select electors for the United States Electoral College, and whichever presidential candidate receives a majority in the Electoral College will eventually become the 44th President of the United States.

A minimum vote of 270 is needed.  Should no candidate receive a majority in the Electoral College, then the president-elect is selected by a vote of the House of Representatives.

Just like the 2004 Presidential election, the allotment of electoral votes to each state will be based, at least in part, on the 2000 Census. 

In 2007, because of the long lead time for fundraising and because Federal election laws require the reporting of funds raised for the primary elections, fundraising will be key.

During the "primary" the major media outlets will anoint "front-runners" based on reported fund-raising totals.  In 2004, the media treated Howard Dean as the front-runner although he was initially considered by many to be a long-shot.

The president-elect will be inaugurated on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

Possible Candidates for 2008

REPUBLICAN PARTY:

US Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas)
US Senate Bill Frist (R-Tennessee)
Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia)
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R-New York)
US Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska)
Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas)
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-California)
US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)
Governor George Pataki (R-New York)
US Secretary of State Condoleezza "Condi" Rice (R-California)
Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts)
Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado)
Former Governor Tommy Thompson (R-Wisconsin)
US Senator George Allen (R-Virginia)

DEMOCRATIC PARTY:

US Senator Evan Bayh (D-Indiana)
US Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware)
Governor Phil Bredesen (D-Tennessee)
Former Army General Wes Clark (D-Arkansas)
US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York)
Former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota)
US Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecitcut)
Former US Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina)
Former US Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska)
US Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts)
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)
Governor Janet Napolitano (D-Arizona)
US Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska)
US Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois)
Governor Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico)
Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-Montana)
Governor Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa)




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