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Old 17th Jan 2007, 20:59   #1
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Default US Presidential Election 2008

This seems ridiculously early, but the various contenders are clearly positioning themselves for bids for the presidency.

There are a couple of posts here already, but I think a dedicated thread to follow the 'action' is a good idea!

Barack Obama has effectively announced his bid, according to the BBC:

Senator Barack Obama is taking the first step towards a White House run, raising the possibility the US will get its first black president.

Mr Obama, a Democrat, said on his website he had formed an exploratory committee, which would allow him to raise money and hire staff for the run.

He is one of his party's rising stars, having electrified the 2004 Democratic convention with a powerful speech.

He opposed the war in Iraq and has a solidly liberal Senate voting record.

In a video announcement posted on his website, he said Americans wanted to move beyond partisan politics to find common-sense solutions to problems.

"Politics has become so bitter and partisan, so gummed up by money and influence, that we can't tackle the big problems that demand solutions," he said.

"We have to change our politics, and come together around our common interests and concerns as Americans."
The Guardian has a simple summary of all the main contenders:


Hillary Clinton: Seen as a potential candidate since first elected senator for New York in 2000. A fundraising powerhouse, but ambiguous about the Iraq war, which could hurt her. May make a declaration this week.

Barack Obama: Junior senator from Illinois and a rising star since his electrifying speech to the 2004 party convention. His lack of experience is made up for by his appeal to audiences from New Hampshire to Kenya, where his father hails from. Opposed Iraq war.

John Edwards: Veteran of the campaign trail as John Kerry's 2004 running mate. He has staked out ground on the left, with an anti-poverty platform. Opposed Iraq war.


John McCain: Former navy pilot and senator from Arizona owes his military credentials to the years spent in the "Hanoi Hilton" after being shot down in Vietnam. Backs George Bush on the troop surge.

Mitt Romney: A Mormon and son of a former Michigan governor, Romney rose to prominence for organising the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. As a Republican governor of liberal Massachusetts, he approved a ban on assault weapons and made no move to restrict abortion rights.

Sam Brownback: Kansas senator expected to make a formal announcement on Saturday, and will run on the issues that move the Republican base. Opposes abortion and stem cell research, and what he calls the "homosexual agenda", and supports creationism in state schools

Rudy Giuliani: Former New York city mayor's interest became clear this month after a strategy document was leaked. Moderate image may hurt him among primary voters.
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