John McCain 2008 presidential campaign

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John McCain for President 2008
McCain Palin logo.svg
Campaign2008 Republican primaries
2008 U.S. presidential election
CandidateJohn McCain
U.S. Representative from Arizona
(1983–1987)
U.S. Senator from Arizona
(1987–2018)

Sarah Palin
Governor of Alaska
(2006–2009)
AffiliationRepublican Party
StatusAnnounced: February 28, 2007
Presumptive nominee: March 4, 2008
Nominated: September 4, 2008
Lost election: November 4, 2008
HeadquartersArlington, Virginia
Key peopleSteve Schmidt (Operations Chief)
Richard H. Davis (Campaign Manager)
Robert Mosbacher (General Chairman)
Tom Loeffler (Co-chair)
Tim Pawlenty (Co-chair)[1]
Jill Hazelbaker (Spokeswoman)
ReceiptsUS$370 million (December 31, 2007)
SloganCountry First
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
Chant'Maverick
Drill, Baby, Drill!'
Website
JohnMcCain.com
(archived – Nov. 4, 2008)

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.

Five days later, at the 2008 Republican National Convention, McCain was formally selected as the Republican Party presidential nominee in the 2008 presidential election.

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Pugmire, Tim (January 9, 2008). "Presidential campaigns raise volume in Minnesota". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved January 10, 2008.