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Which candidate would make the best U.S. President?

Learn about the 2008 U.S. Presidential candidates and their views on today's important issues. We've spent thousands of hours researching the candidates and getting their perspectives on issues ranging from abortion to global warming to the war in Iraq. Read our simple, nonpartisan, pro-con presentation and decide for yourself: "Which candidate would make the best President?"

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KEY RESOURCES
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES - BIOS AND VIEWS
(alphabetical order by party; black & white photos indicate candidate is no longer running)
CANDIDATE VIEWS BY ISSUE (alphabetical order)
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Candidate Summary Chart - Printable guide to compare all the candidates and their views.
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Did You Know? - Little-known facts related to the 2008 and other U.S. presidential elections

2008 State Primary and Caucus Results - See how many delegates the candidates have received so far

Presidential Election History from 1789 to 2004 - View the results of all U.S. presidential elections from George Washington to George W. Bush

How to Become U.S. President: A Step-by-Step Guide - Learn about the official role, the entry process, primaries and delegates, conventions, and the electoral college in our basic tutorial

Candidate Videos - See over 80 videos of the candidates addressing key issues and announcing their campaign

Candidate Speeches - Transcripts of candidate speeches made throughout the campaign trail

Candidate Debates - Transcripts of 2007-2008 presidential candidate debates

U.S. Political Parties - See the history, mission statements, and platforms for the current major U.S. political parties

Personal Financial Disclosure Reports - Read the candidates' official Federal Election Commission financial reports

Contact the Candidates - Phone, email, fax, and website information
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Democratic Party

     Biden, Joe
  (Withdrew on
  Jan. 3, 2008)
     Dodd, Chris
  (Withdrew on
  Jan. 3, 2008)
     Edwards, John
  (Withdrew on
  Jan. 30, 2008)
     Kucinich, Dennis
  (Withdrew on
  Jan. 25, 2008)
     Richardson, Bill
  (Withdrew on
  Jan. 10, 2008)
     Vilsack, Tom
  (Withdrew on
  Feb. 23, 2007)
Republican Party

Brownback, Sam
(Withdrew on
Oct. 19, 2007)
Gilmore, Jim
(Withdrew on
July 14, 2007)
Giuliani, Rudy
(Withdrew on
Jan. 30, 2008)
Huckabee, Mike
(Withdrew on
Mar. 4, 2008)
Hunter, Duncan
(Withdrew on
Jan. 19, 2008)
Paul, Ron
(Withdrew on
Mar. 7, 2008)
Romney, Mitt
(Withdrew on
Feb. 7, 2008)
Tancredo, Tom
(Withdrew on
Dec. 20, 2007)
Thompson, Fred
(Withdrew on
Jan. 22, 2008)
Thompson,
Tommy
(Withdrew on
Aug. 12, 2007)
3rd Parties / Independents

Imperato, Daniel
(Ind)
Kubby, Steve
(Lib)
McEnulty, Frank
(Ind)
Smith, Christine
(Lib)


Coming Soon?

ProCon.org is verfying that the declared candidates below have filed required FEC paperwork and met ProCon.org's criteria for inclusion. If eligible, we will add these candidates to the site:

Keyes, Alan (R)
McKinney, Cynthia (Green)
Nader, Ralph (Ind)

2008ELECTIONNEWS AND NOTICES (archived after 30 days)
3/13/08 - NEW: Election History "Did You Know?" section added with 11 fascinating facts about presidents and elections.

3/5/08 - UPDATED: 2008 State Primary and Caucus Results - See the Mar. 4, 2008 primary election outcomes from Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

2/29/08 - NEW: Read the candidates' positions on five new questions:

  1. Should parental consent be required for pregnant minors to have abortions?
  2. Should the federal government fund school voucher programs?
  3. Should the election campaigns of candidates for public office be publicly financed?
  4. Should there be an independent Palestinian state?
  5. Should the U.S. President?s powers be expanded to include a line item veto?

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2/19/08 - NEW: History of Waterboarding Prosecutions: Our PDF memo provides additional context for the question we asked the candidates about whether or not waterboarding should be legal.

2/15/08 - UPDATED: Delegates - Guide to understanding the who, what, where, when, why, and how of Democratic, Republican, and Third Party primary and caucus delegates.

Archived News and Notices (generally archived after 30 days)

Abortion
1. Legal option
2. Parental consent
Character
3. Honesty vs. competence
China
4. Threat to U.S.?
5. Human rights
Cuba
6. Embargo
Darfur
7. Genocide

Death Penalty
8. Legal option

Economy
9. Outsourcing jobs
10. Free trade regulations
11. NAFTA

Education
12. No Child Left Behind
13. Increasing costs
14. School vouchers

Election Reform
15. Paper trails
16. Campaign contributions
17. Public financing

Energy
18. ANWR drilling
19. Price of U.S. gasoline

Environment
20. International agreements
21. Fuel efficiency
22. Global climate change

Gun Control
23. Federal regulations

Health Care
24. Subsidized care
25. Prescription options

Immigration
26. Net impact on economy
27. Rights and benefits
28. U.S.-Mexico fence

Iran
29. U.S. military force

Iraq War
30. Was the attack a mistake?
31. Is America safer?
32. Withdrawal timetable

Israel
33. Military and economic aid

Israeli-Palestinian conflict
34. Hamas
35. Palestine

Kosovo
36. Independence

Marriage
37. Constitutional amendment
38. Infidelity

Medical Marijuana
39. Legalization
40. Raids

National Service
41. Draft
42. Gays in the military

Presidential Power
43. Line item veto

Religion
44. Faith-based funding
45. Importance to voters

Social Security
46. Privatizing

Stem Cells
47. Federal funding

Taxes
48. Bush tax cuts

Turkey
49. Entering Iraq

U.S. Constitution
50. Alteration

War on Terror
51. Waterboarding
52. Guantanamo Bay
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