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United States presidential election, 2008 timeline

 

United States presidential election, 2008 timeline

The following is a timeline of major events leading up to and immediately following the United States presidential election of 2008. The election was the 56th quadrennial United States presidential election. It was held on November 4, 2008, but its significant events and background date back to about 2002. The Democratic Party nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, defeated the Republican Party's nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona.

Contents

  • 2002–2005 1
    • 2002 1.1
    • 2003 1.2
    • 2004 1.3
    • 2005 1.4
  • 2006 2
    • March–September 2006 2.1
    • October 2006 2.2
    • November 2006 2.3
    • December 2006 2.4
  • 2007 3
    • January 2007 3.1
    • February 2007 3.2
    • March 2007 3.3
    • April 2007 3.4
    • May 2007 3.5
    • June 2007 3.6
    • July 2007 3.7
    • August 2007 3.8
    • September 2007 3.9
    • October 2007 3.10
    • November 2007 3.11
    • December 2007 3.12
  • 2008 4
    • January 2008 4.1
    • February 2008 4.2
    • March 2008 4.3
    • April 2008 4.4
    • May 2008 4.5
    • June 2008 4.6
    • July 2008 4.7
    • August 2008 4.8
    • September 2008 4.9
    • October 2008 4.10
    • November 2008 4.11
    • December 2008 4.12
  • 2009 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

2002–2005

2002

2003

  • November 27 – In an interview with the German magazine Bunte, Hillary Clinton states that she will not be a candidate for the presidency in 2004, and when told that some were disappointed with that decision, replies "I know. Well, perhaps I'll do it next time around." This is interpreted to mean that she will consider a run in the 2008 race, if the 2004 Democratic nominee is unsuccessful.[2]

2004

2005

  • February 7 – After the Fox News Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney is asked whether he will seek the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2008. He replies "I've got my plans laid out, I'm going to serve this president for the next four years and then I'm out of here." When pressed further, Cheney responds to a potential presidential run by stating "Not only no, but hell no" and quotes General William Tecumseh Sherman's famous statement "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve."[5]

2006

March–September 2006

Mike Gravel at the launch of his presidential campaign

October 2006

  • October 12 – Former Democratic Governor of Virginia Mark Warner states that he will not seek the presidency in 2008.[11]
  • October 22 – Despite having stated that "I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years",[12] Senator Barack Obama of Illinois states in relation to a presidential run "I don't want to be coy about this: given the responses that I've been getting over the last several months, I have thought about the possibility, but I have not thought about it with the seriousness and depth that I think is required ... After November 7, I'll sit down and consider, and if at some point I change my mind, I will make a public announcement and everybody will be able to go at me."[13]
  • October 30 – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry makes a "botched joke" about education and the Iraq War, which dominates the news for several days.[14] Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California announces the formation of an exploratory committee for a presidential run.[15]

November 2006

December 2006

2007

January 2007

Chris Dodd speaks at a Service Employees International Union event, January 21, 2007.

February 2007

Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 4, 2007

March 2007

Bill Richardson at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Presidential Health Care Forum, March 2007

April 2007

John McCain announces his presidential candidacy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 25, 2007.

May 2007

June 2007

July 2007

August 2007

Fred Thompson is interviewed by Eleanor Mondale at the Minnesota State Fair, August 27, 2007.
  • August 4YearlyKos holds its Presidential Leadership Forum, which is attended by seven of the eight Democratic candidates.[92]
  • August 5 – A Republican debate is hosted by ABC News in Des Moines, Iowa.[93]
  • August 7MSNBC and the AFL-CIO host a Democratic debate over labor issues in Chicago, Illinois.[94]
  • August 9 – The Human Rights Campaign sponsors a Democratic forum on LGBT issues in Los Angeles, California.[95]
  • August 11 – The Ames Straw Poll is won by Mitt Romney, with 31.5 percent of the vote. 14,302 ballots are cast.[96]
  • August 12Tommy Thompson announces that he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination due to a poor showing in the Ames Straw Poll.[97]
  • August 16 – Mitt Romney wins the Illinois State Fair's Republican straw poll, with 40.5 percent of the vote. 922 votes are cast.[98]
  • August 19 – A Democratic debate is hosted by ABC in Des Moines, Iowa.[99]

September 2007

Mitt Romney at a Labor Day parade in Milford, New Hampshire, September 1, 2008

October 2007

Mike Huckabee speaking in Southern California, October 2007

November 2007

December 2007

Barack and Michelle Obama campaign with Oprah Winfrey, December 10, 2007.

2008

January 2008

Rudy Giuliani in Derry, New Hampshire, January 7, 2008
John Edwards announces his withdrawal from the Democratic race in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 30, 2008.

February 2008

Hillary Clinton in Lorain, Ohio, February 2008

March 2008

Hillary Clinton attends a St. Patrick's Day parade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Catherine Baker Knoll and Luke Ravenstahl. March 15, 2008.

April 2008

Ron Paul speaks at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 3, 2008.

May 2008

June 2008

Barack and Michelle Obama onstage after Obama becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee, June 3, 2008
John McCain at a campaign rally in Kenner, Louisiana, June 4, 2008

July 2008

  • July 3John McCain gives political advisor Steve Schmidt "full operational control" of his campaign.[258]
  • July 1013 – The Rosa Clemente is nominated for Vice President.[260]
  • July 2328 – Barack Obama makes a trip to Europe and the Middle East.[261]

August 2008

Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts speaks at the Democratic National Convention, August 5, 2008

September 2008

Sarah Palin speaks at the Republican National Convention, September 3, 2008
John McCain and Sarah Palin onstage with Todd Palin, Cindy McCain and Robert Duvall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 6, 2008

October 2008

November 2008

President-elect Barack Obama gives his election victory speech, November 4, 2008.

December 2008

  • December 5 – The Supreme Court of the United States meets to decide whether to rule on President-elect Barack Obama's eligibility to take office.[292]
  • December 8 – The Supreme Court declines to rule on President-elect Obama's eligibility to take office.[293]
  • December 15 – Each state's presidential electors meet in their respective state capitals and the District of Columbia to officially elect Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President.[294]

2009

See also

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