The 2008 Presidential Election Essay

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The US Presidential Election of 2008 The Presidential election will be November 4th of 2008. The Republican nominee is John McCain, a U.S. Senator serving Arizona, and the Democratic nominee is Barack Obama, a U.S. Senator serving Illinois. This election will be especially eminent because it will be the first time in U.S. history that two sitting senators will run against each other. It will also be the first time both major candidates were born outside the continental United States. Obama was born in Hawaii and McCain was born in Panama Canal Zone. History will be made, no matter which candidate is elected; Obama will become the first African American president, or McCain will be the oldest U.S. President to assume office. According to “in the Obama-McCain matchup, one-in-five white Democrats (20%) say that they will vote for McCain over Obama, roughly the same number (22%) of Democrats age 65 and older say they will vote for McCain over Obama”. According to a new poll conducted by Stanford University, “the percentage of voters who may reject Obama because of his race could easily outnumber the final difference between the candidates during the last election. More than a third of white Democrats have negative views towards blacks calling them “lazy," “violent," and responsible for their own problems. Only 7 in 10 people who identify themselves as Democrats support an Obama presidency compared to the 85 percent of Republicans who support McCain”. While race seems to be the primary focus of this election it is rather crucial to take a serious look at the issues. The struggling U.S. economy has emerged as the top issue in the race between Obama and McCain. On September 21, 2008, 60 Minutes interviewed both John McCain and Barack Obama on the economic “recession”. McCain, who in 1999 helped pass a deregulation system in Wall Street, was asked if he
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