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2008 Presidential Candidates

The field for 2008 Presidential candidates is shaping up to be one of the most contentious in recent history. Because George W. Bush is in his second term and no one from his administration seems poised to step into the presidential race, the nomination for both the Republican and Democratic parties is up for grabs. While neither party has a definitive leading candidate, both parties have a number of potential candidates with impressive resumes who will be vying for the next presidency.

On the Republican side, the list of 2008 Presidential candidates starts with former New York Mayor Rudi Guiliani. He was the mayor during the September 11 terrorist attacks and gained mass respect for his actions during that time. The Republican field also includes John McCain, the senator from Arizona. McCain has a great deal more bipartisan support than the other 2008 Presidential candidates.

The presumed frontrunner among the 2008 Presidential candidates in the Democratic Party is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Though the junior senator from New York does not have a great deal of direct experience, her work during her husband’s presidency makes her popular among liberal supporters. Barack Obama also has emerged as a likely candidate. Obama, who is from Illinois, is a political novice but has a likeability that voters want in a candidate. These candidates are intriguing because neither a woman nor an African American has ever been president, and these candidates offer those options.

As of right now, the 2008 presidency is an open field. In most elections, political commentators and researchers have some clear idea of the people’s leaning, but that does not seem to be the case this go around. Instead the talking heads, academicians, and others are watching intently to see who will declare his or her intention to run next as the political process begins to unfold.

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