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Democratic Nomination of Obama for President Research Paper

… 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary -- Clinton vs. Obama

Why -- and when -- did Obama decide to make a run for the White House? Did he believe his chances were good -- or was he just setting the table for a future run?

"…I have chosen a life with a ridiculous schedule, a life that requires me to be gone from Michelle and the girls for long stretches of time and that exposes Michelle to all sorts of stress. I may tell myself that in some larger sense I am in politics for Malia and Sasha, that the work I do will make the world a better place for them. But such rationalizations seem feeble and painfully abstract when I'm missing one of the girl's…. [read more]

Presidential Elections in the U.S Essay

… He cited Pres. Obama's initiatives as politically motivated because they came four and a half months before the general election. He opined that he would build a border fence and create a pathway to citizenship for those who have served in the U.S. military or for children who came here through no fault of their own.

Under President Obama leadership U.S. wound up its occupation in Iraq; the administration is also considering troop withdrawal in Afghanistan; adapting U.S. foreign policy to changing dynamics in North Africa and the Middle East; revitalizing stall peace plans even as Israel and Palestine remain sworn enemies and Iran remain a nuclear threat in the region. President Obama's administration also sought to address U.S. tense relationship with China which it…. [read more]

Election the Results Research Paper

… It is important to cultivate strong ties with Israel. However, the policies of Netanyahu are no longer healthy. A more balanced approach is needed, in order to secure the future of Israel. The health of the Middle East depends on a balanced solution to the Palestinian crisis.

Issue 3

The United States is comprised almost entirely by outsiders and immigrants. It is completely unfair to demonize immigrants coming from Central America. These are people who come to the United States temporarily for low-wage work. Their jobs are not jobs that Americans would do anyway. The economy depends on low-wage immigrant labor. Legitimizing the low-wage jobs so that the immigrants are no longer "illegal aliens" would entail changing the visa system, or liberalizing the border. An…. [read more]

2008 Presidential Elections - Mccain v. Obama Thesis

… 2008 Presidential Elections - McCain v. Obama

Repeated referral to the recently concluded U.S. Presidential elections as 'historic' seems to be a well-worn cliche, but there is no getting away from the fact that the event was indeed historic. A nation, which was founded on the lofty principles of liberty and equality just over two centuries and a half ago, had hypocritically continued to practice apartheid and discriminatory policies against its black population until as recently as the mid-sixties. Hence, even an idealist 'dreamer' like Martin Luther King Jr. could not possibly have imagined that the an African-American would be elected into the White House within such a relatively short period of the start of his struggle against the Jim Crow laws. But this is…. [read more]

2008 Presidential Election Thesis

… Presidential Election

Comparison of Candidates Positions


Gun control


Health Care

Social Security



Presidential Nominations

Caucuses and Primaries

Delegates and Superdelegates


Presidential Elections and the Electoral College



Comparison of Candidates' Positions

On the issue of abortion, Barack Obama's supports a woman's right to choose. He stands for the preservation of women's rights under Roe vs. Wade and opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case. Conversely, John McCain supports overturning Roe vs. Wade. He views the decision as being "flawed." His view is to put the issue of abortion rights onto the states. Bob Barr, as a former Republican, has consistently voted against abortion rights ( His website does not outline a specific agenda…. [read more]

Election Results - President Barak Obama Hobbes Thesis

… Election Results - President Barak Obama

Hobbes makes an interesting claim in his work, Leviathan. Discussing the imperfections of man as social creatures and the government that may best give rise to mankind's benefit, he says, "The only way to erect such a common power...and thereby to secure them in such sort as that by their own industry and by the fruits of the earth they may nourish themselves and live contentedly, is to confer all their power and strength upon one man" (Hobbes, 3). To some degree, this occurred during the elections this past Tuesday. McCain still won a sizeable portion of the vote, so it is not as though the entire country threw itself behind one man, i.e. The victor of the Presidential…. [read more]

Voter Turnout Helps Determine 2008 Election Research Proposal

… ¶ … Voter Turnout Helps Determine 2008 Election

The 2008 presidential was a historic event within American and global politics. The first African-American man was elected into office by the American majority through an exciting and defining moment in American history. Much of President-elect Obama's support came from the surge in new voters and enormous voter turnouts which yielded higher numbers of general, minority, and youth voters. With these enormous voter turnouts, the fate of the presidency was decided. However, these large numbers of turnouts also helped decide various local and state elections which also provided great controversy within this year's election results; such as the strong African-American support for banning gay marriage in several states. It was through this huge increase in voter turnout…. [read more]

Changes in Presidential Powers From Nixon to Bush Thesis

… Presidential Studies

The transfer of power from one President to another is a crucial time in the life of a democratic nation. "Expansions of presidential power are not always the death knell of democratization, but they often have had negative consequences for the expansion of political and civil rights" (Frye, 8). The President of the United States is the chief officer of the executive branch of the U.S. government. The transfer of power represents a change in almost the entire cast of players in the mechanisms of government when it happens in the United States. The numbers of Representatives who are Democratic or Republican determines who will dominate the House, and the numbers of Senators who are Democratic or Republican determine what laws will be…. [read more]

2012 Election Primary Factors Contributing Essay

… President Obama also won 52% of voters aged 30-44, while Mitt Romney took the majority of voters 45-64 and 65 and up.

In terms of gender President Obama won 55% of women, who represent a larger portion of the voting public than men. Although Mitt Romney won the majority of men, he did so by a smaller margin of victory than Obama's carrying of women (52% to 45% of men as opposed to 55% to 44% of women).

Thus, while Obama fared poorer with men, he more than made up for this with his success with women.

In terms of religion the results were split fairly evenly, except in the case of Mormons and the religiously unaffiliated. Mitt Romney won almost 80% of the Mormon…. [read more]

Elections of 2006, in Which the Balance Term Paper

… Elections of 2006, in which the balance of power in both houses of government were shifted to the Democratic party, and the nation clearly expressed a lack of faith in the status quo of the Republican legislature and, perhaps even more tellingly, the President himself.

On the heels of the 9/11 attacks, George Bush's approval ratings soared which gave him the electoral strength he needed to mount a war initially in Afghanistan and then expanded into Iraq. With a faltering economy, a war that quickly became a morass, and a seemingly never-ending supply of Republican corruption bubbling to the surface, the United States finally had enough - not enough to take Bush out of office in 2004, but enough to send a very clear message…. [read more]

Election Americans Elect the President Term Paper

… Election

Americans elect the President of the United States through the complex medium of the Electoral College. The Constitution allocates to each state electors equal in number to its representation in the two houses of Congress. In our own day, political parties prepare a list of electors loyal to their candidates, and the people usually vote for one set or another. In most cases, the candidate whose slate wins the majority or plurality of the popular vote in a state is assured of receiving all of its electoral votes. The electors gather in their home state, and each of them casts one vote for President and another for Vice President. The candidate who receives a majority of the electoral vote for President and the one…. [read more]

2008 Primaries All the Pre Term Paper

… Black and Hispanic feminists bitterly resented the continual playing of the race card by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the fact that white feminists did not even defend Michelle Obama when she came under heavy attack by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Right-wing talk radio for months. To most of his younger supporters, Obama truly did seem to be a more "transformative" candidate than Clinton, and resented sarcastic remarks that she made about his speeches in Rhode Island to the effect that he was an empty suit mouthing platitudes like "let's get everybody together, let's get unified, the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing" (Logan, 60).

Certainly the 2008 primaries on the Democratic side were highly bruising and…. [read more]

Election Coverage in Spain vs. The US Term Paper

… Communications

Media Coverage of Presidential Elections:

The United States and Spain Compared

All across the globe, the media pay a major role in today's political campaigns. Television, newspapers, magazines, and increasingly, the Internet, help both to disseminate information about candidates, and to shape our understanding of the issues they represent. Many times, media outlets pick and choose from a variety of possible angles, casting one candidate as liberal or conservative, sympathetic or aloof, or knowledgeable or ignorant of what matters to the electorate. The sheer factor of media exposure can make or break a politician's or party's chances. The United States is currently in the midst of hard-fought presidential primary campaign. The Republican Party has already effectively picked its nominee, while Democrats continue to struggle…. [read more]

Presidential Election of 2008 Term Paper

… Presidential Election of 2008

In the New York Times on March 13, 2007, it is reported that Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has decided not to run for the presidency on the Republican ticket. Although the senator was not in a financial position to compete against better-funded candidates - and his position against continuing the Iraq war might find favor with voters - Senator John McCain thought that Hagel could have made inroads. The New York Times reported on March 22 that New York State legislators have set next February 5, 2008, as the date for their presidential primary.

In the Los Angeles Times (January 25, 2007) it was reported that U.S. Senator John Kerry had decided not to make another run for the White House.…. [read more]

Presidential or Parliamentary System Nepal Essay

… Nepal

Parliamentary and Presidential governments are both democratic, encouraging eligible voters to fully participate in the election process and civic affairs. One of the main differences between the Parliamentary and the Presidential forms of government is the way the head of state is elected. In a Presidential system, the head of state is elected independently of the congress whereas in a Parliamentary system, the head of state is the head of the majority party in congress. In other words, citizens in a Presidential democracy cast votes for the office of president just as they do in the United States. Even with the Electoral College, the President of the United States is still elected in a separate process from congressional leaders. The President's political party does…. [read more]

Political Framing in the US Term Paper

… Although the street game seems significantly vicious, this research cannot ignore the significance of stage speech in illuminating on the nature of politics. Box-Steffensmeier (2012) classifies Obama-Romney framing with a clear empathy for Romney side. The game frame emphasized the candidates' debate preparation strategies. In any case, the emphasis frames are treated as a contest against individuals and not a platform to present their ideologies. For instance, the announcement "Romney had to prepare harder for the debates than Obama" is a critical blow that seeks to explain that Romney was not prepared for the heat in the Oval Room. Conversely, Romney camp is responsive to the nature of criticism directed towards Romney as an individual. Romney is quick to bail himself out as an underdog…. [read more]

Strategic Use and Impact Essay

… Martin (2012) indicates that the campaigns were successful for President Obama won 2.5% points in 2008, in Florida by making out of the 8.7% unemployment rates (1). The polls indicate that this was possible because the state had 50,000 more African-Americans and 190,000 more Hispanics as compared to 2008 (1). The Republican Party did not carry out a thorough analysis of voter habits and demographic data. A white party failed to capture the growing minority and immigrant population in states like Florida (Martin 1). President Obama's ground operations not only included making personal contact, but also making demographic analysis, which assisted in identifying the correct population for a particular political message. This led President Obama to make a 20-point to 25 points margin lead in…. [read more]

Agenda-Setting and the Presidential Election Essay

… However, the main themes that surrounded these presidential election campaigns were domestic policy and the country's economy. The economy emerged as a major issue in the last few months in the campaigns because of the onset of the economic crisis in 2008. Regardless of these two main themes, the war in Iraq became the overriding issue with health care being the second key issue.

Actually, the significance of the war in Iraq and its impact on voters was an influential factor in the Democratic Party nominations with Hillary Clinton's rivals expressing their concerns regarding her earlier support of the war (Malone par, 7). This war emerged as the major issue because of the perception by many Americans that it was a mistake to attack Iraq…. [read more]

2012 Political Campaign Funds Term Paper

… President Obama is so far one of the best candidate who have managed to raise a considerable amount of funding. He is leading other potential candidates in a significant amount of money. However, one of the main issues relating to the funding is how the politicians will spend the raised amount in a considerable way. On his side, one of the potentials presidential candidates, Ron Paul, says that he will advocate for the right usage of the campaign funding. He says that he will campaign for the money nit to be used for other purposes than the intended ones like supporting abortion. Moreover, Ron Paul says that the campaign funding should not be used for various family planned programs. Paul is a physician by profession…. [read more]

Citizen United on the 2012 Essay

… This approach also shows that it was expected for outside spending to increase in major way with or without Citizen United. Although McCain-Feingold did not intend for this consequence to happen, political might has been migrating from within the party structure to outside it since it was passed.

The analysis, therefore, that attributes the rise in outside spending solely to Citizen United ignores the fact that this election period (2010 through 2012) are the first election cycles since the McCain-Feingold was enacted whereby the White House is occupied by a Democrat (Bai, 2012). Rich Conservatives are therefore inspired and propelled to invest their fortunes to a president and legislative agenda that they are completely against. It is hence apparent that even without Citizen United, the…. [read more]

Obama and Election History Research Paper

… Obama and Election

History was made in November 2008, not just American history, but world history as the United States elected its first African-American President. but, the election of a Black man as President, as unheard of as it might have been just 50 years ago, or even 25 years ago, was history because it was a national catharsis -- a repudiation of the greed, avarice, and selfishness that had so characterized American society for the past eight years. Obama's election was a referendum on a new America -- a younger America with an optimistic, but not Pollyannaish, view of the grave and serious problems faced; but a dramatic change from past politicians in that Obama stands for a more open government, dialog with international…. [read more]

Race and Politics in 2008 Presidential Election Campaign Thesis

… Race and Politics in 2008 Presidential Election Campaign

Race and the 2008 Election

The 2008 Presidential election marked a profound change for both major American political parties and the American electorate as a whole in terms of the way that race is conceptualized in American politics. For the Democratic Party, the party during the primaries revealed brought to light the extent of the fissure between conservative, white, working-class Democrats, and more urbanized racial minorities, as well as more liberal, younger individuals living in cities in general. For the Republican Party, the election of Barak Obama to the presidency marked the death-knell of its long-standing 'Southern Strategy,' which had existed since the South had stood in opposition to the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, "melding…. [read more]

Democratic Views for 2008 Elections Thesis

… Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama's Platform

The issues forming the basis of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barak Obama's platform are much the same as have been the platforms of democrats and republicans alike for decades. There are the issues of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Social Security reform, education funding reform, and, since Roe v Wade, circa 1974, the issue of abortion. In contemporary America, we can add to these three issues gay marriage, illegal immigration, and American healthcare. While the first three issues have been debated for decades, the latter two are relatively new to the presidential platform, but are hotly contested issues that could potentially swing the vote to either side. Democratic candidate Barak Obama, presenting a cool and calm picture of rational…. [read more]

Federal Campaign Contributions Research Paper

… During the middle of the primary season, he had an extra marital affair with an aide. She became pregnant and gave birth to Edward's daughter. During this process, is when the campaign diverted funds to provide her with financial support. Moreover, Edwards was a part of a major cover up to hide the affair and the child from the public. This is a violation of federal campaign finance laws (which resulted in Edward's indictment). ("John Edwards Repays $1.2 Million")

Campaign Finance and the Presidential Elections

In the current Presidential election, both the Romney and Obama campaigns have been receiving a tremendous amount of support from super PACs. In many cases, these are wealthy individuals that will pool their resources together along ideological lines. In the…. [read more]

Campaigns and Elections Thesis

… Campaigns and Elections

Strategy Memorandum: The Political Geography and Climate of Mississippi Today

This strategy memorandum provides a background and overview of issues relevant to the State of Mississippi, recent election result, and popular political figures in the state that both parties can use in a nonpartisan fashion to determine how best to work within the political and historical confines of their respective districts and the state.

Median Income; Education

Median Age: 35.4 years

years and over: 73.9%

years and over: 12.4%

Workers median income: $25,849

Washington Post (2008) Elections at

Partisanship: Democrat (Blue State)/Republican (Red State).

According to Mitchell (2008), "Mississippi remains one of the reddest of the red states - voting Democratic in the presidential election only once since 1956. President Bush…. [read more]

Social Movement Term Paper

… Social Movement

The 2008 upcoming U.S. elections are considered by most specialists to be one of the most important and most interesting elections of recent times. This is largely due to a combination of factors. On the one hand, the main contenders present a perspective which draws the attention on a series of issues that marked the history of the U.S. since its early beginnings. In this sense, women are strongly represented through the Democrat candidacy of Hilary Clinton, New York senator. At the same time, the African-Americans have a strong representative in the person of Barack Obama, Illinois senator from the Democrat party.

On the other hand, it is important for the nature of the elections to consider also the platform the candidates are…. [read more]

Mitt Romney Potential Presidential Candidate Essay

… Mitt Romney

President Candidate Summary: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is the son of the former Governor of Michigan, and is named after the nickname of the state "The Mitt State." He was born into a Mormon family, which means he is quite conservative, and he has studied abroad as a Mormon missionary in France. He earned a joint JD and MBA from Harvard University, and soon entered the financial sector at Bain Capital, managing companies that were struggling in one-way or another. These years as an executive taught Mitt Romney the value of business, and gave him many connections and many millions of dollars along the way. His business success is touted as one of the best reasons to elect Mitt Romney president in 2012.…. [read more]

Role of Government Term Paper

… The President should not have the power to decide when another branch of what is supposed to be a separated government is in session, or any other such control over them, any more than Congress should be able to tell the President whether or not he can have a conversation with a foreign leader.

These issues are particularly reprehensible coming from a candidate who campaigned on being a constitutional scholar who would respect the separation of powers. Between signing statements, skirting his constitutional limits on appointments and ignoring the War Powers Act, Obama has shown that he is just another politician who rails against opponents when they have control and skirts constitutional limits and hypocritically ignores them when they take power.


Baker, P. 2010.…. [read more]

Gubernatorial Election Term Paper

… Politics

Gubernatorial Election

This country's economic anguish is seeping into the gubernatorial contest in Ohio, that has Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, running against John R. Kasich, a Republican and previous congressman. Ohio may be the most pivotal of swing states, and national administrators know that the victor of the governor's race will also influence which party has the benefit in the 2012 presidential fight (Davey, 2010). This gubernatorial race is set up to be a very good one. Currently polls are showing that the race is a toss up. Strickland's occupancy as Governor has been shaky, as the state has lost both jobs and population. He has come under heavy criticism when an intern misplaced a list of state employees and their social security…. [read more]

Presidential Election 2008 Candidates Project Term Paper

… Candidates Project

have chosen to shadow Hillary Clinton the democratic presidential candidate for president in 2008. Hillary Clinton filed with the FEC in January 22, 2007. In so doing I will analyze the official candidacy website as well as other sources to determine the foundation for the candidacy, the issues, the candidates platform, and how the media sees the candidate. I will also seek out information on who is funding the candidates bid for office, what opinion polls are saying about Clinton, what the advertising looks like and lastly I will evaluate and synthesize the information and draw conclusions about suggestions I have for this client in her campaign.

Official Website Analysis:

The official Hillary Clinton candidate website opens with a sign up page that…. [read more]

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