John McCain 2008 presidential campaign facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsJohn McCain for President 2008
|Campaign||2008 Republican primaries
2008 U.S. presidential election
U.S. Representative from Arizona
U.S. Senator from Arizona
Governor of Alaska
|Status||Announced: February 28, 2007
Presumptive nominee: March 4, 2008
Nominated: September 4, 2008
Lost election: November 4, 2008
|Key people||Steve Schmidt (Operations Chief)
Richard H. Davis (Campaign Manager)
Robert Mosbacher (General Chairman)
Tom Loeffler (Co-chair)
Tim Pawlenty (Co-chair)
Jill Hazelbaker (Spokeswoman)
|Receipts||US$370 million (December 31, 2007)|
The Original Maverick
Best Prepared to Lead from Day One
Courageous Service, Experienced Leadership, Bold Solutions.
A leader we can believe in
Reform • Prosperity • Peace
Drill, Baby, Drill!'
The 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain, the longtime senior U.S. Senator from Arizona, was launched with an informal announcement on February 28, 2007, during a live taping of the Late Show with David Letterman, and formally launched at an event on April 25, 2007.
His second candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. After winning a majority of delegates in the Republican primaries of 2008, on August 29, leading up to the convention, McCain selected Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate for Vice President.
In the general election, facing Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, McCain was trailing during most of the season, only gaining a lead in national polls for a period after the Palin announcement and the 2008 Republican National Convention.
On November 4, 2008, McCain lost to Barack Obama in the general election, receiving 173 votes of the electoral college to Obama's 365 and gaining 46 percent of the popular vote to Obama's 53 percent.
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John McCain officially announcing his 2008 run for President in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 25, 2007.
John McCain campaigning in Merrimack, New Hampshire on December 29, 2007. "Mac is back!" became a familiar chant in his appearances once his campaign fortunes improved.
McCain at a campaign rally in Kenner, Louisiana in June 2008
Sarah Palin at campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada, September 13, 2008
The Palins and McCains campaigning in Fairfax, Virginia, September 10, 2008, following the Republican National Convention
Sarah Palin at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa
Palin signing an autograph at a campaign rally in O'Fallon, Missouri
John Rich performing his song "Raisin' McCain" at a campaign rally in O'Fallon, Missouri, August 31, 2008
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