The Obama Campaign of 2008
On February 10, 2007, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois announced that he will be running for the presidential nomination. He promised a presidency focused on civil rights and economic opportunity for middle and lower class citizens. With a Republican President in the White House with an approval rating of around 30%, tensions were high between parties. After the Great Recession peaking in 2008, the country faces not only domestic concerns but the aftermath of George W Bush’s decisions to invade Iraq. In 2006, Democrats reached a majority in the Senate and House, making it seemingly far-fetched for the party to gain control of all three branches. We jump to fall of 2007, with the front runners for the Democratic Party being John Edwards (former Senator from North Carolina), Hillary Clinton (Senator of New York), and Barack Obama (Senator of Illinois). The Obama campaign will try to defeat these party members during the primaries starting with Iowa on January 3. Until then, it is our job to find weaknesses in other candidates and develop a platform strong enough to win the Democratic ticket. After that, the general election.