United States presidential election, 2008 timeline

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The following is a timeline of major events leading up to and immediately following the United States presidential election of 2008. The election was the 56th quadrennial United States presidential election. It was held on November 4, 2008, but its significant events and background date back to about 2002. The Democratic Party nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, defeated the Republican Party's nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona.

2002–2005[edit]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

  • November 27 – In an interview with the German magazine Bunte, Hillary Clinton states that she will not be a candidate for the presidency in 2004, and when told that some were disappointed with that decision, replies "I know. Well, perhaps I'll do it next time around." This is interpreted to mean that she will consider a run in the 2008 race, if the 2004 Democratic nominee is unsuccessful.[2]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

March–September 2006[edit]

Mike Gravel at the launch of his presidential campaign

October 2006[edit]

  • October 12 – Former Democratic Governor of Virginia Mark Warner states that he will not seek the presidency in 2008.[11]
  • October 22 – Despite having stated that "I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years",[12] Senator Barack Obama of Illinois states in relation to a presidential run "I don't want to be coy about this: given the responses that I've been getting over the last several months, I have thought about the possibility, but I have not thought about it with the seriousness and depth that I think is required ... After November 7, I'll sit down and consider, and if at some point I change my mind, I will make a public announcement and everybody will be able to go at me."[13]
  • October 30 – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry makes a "botched joke" about education and the Iraq War, which dominates the news for several days.[14] Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California announces the formation of an exploratory committee for a presidential run.[15]

November 2006[edit]

December 2006[edit]

2007[edit]

January 2007[edit]

Chris Dodd speaks at a Service Employees International Union event, January 21, 2007.

February 2007[edit]

Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 4, 2007

March 2007[edit]

Bill Richardson at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Presidential Health Care Forum, March 2007

April 2007[edit]

John McCain announces his presidential candidacy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 25, 2007.

May 2007[edit]

June 2007[edit]

July 2007[edit]

August 2007[edit]

Fred Thompson is interviewed by Eleanor Mondale at the Minnesota State Fair, August 27, 2007.

September 2007[edit]

Mitt Romney at a Labor Day parade in Milford, New Hampshire, September 1, 2008

October 2007[edit]

Mike Huckabee speaking in Southern California, October 2007

November 2007[edit]

December 2007[edit]

Barack and Michelle Obama campaign with Oprah Winfrey, December 10, 2007.

2008[edit]

January 2008[edit]

Rudy Giuliani in Derry, New Hampshire, January 7, 2008
John Edwards announces his withdrawal from the Democratic race in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 30, 2008.

February 2008[edit]

Hillary Clinton in Lorain, Ohio, February 2008

March 2008[edit]

Hillary Clinton attends a St. Patrick's Day parade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Catherine Baker Knoll and Luke Ravenstahl. March 15, 2008.

April 2008[edit]

Ron Paul speaks at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 3, 2008.

May 2008[edit]

June 2008[edit]

Barack and Michelle Obama onstage after Obama becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee, June 3, 2008
John McCain at a campaign rally in Kenner, Louisiana, June 4, 2008

July 2008[edit]

August 2008[edit]

Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts speaks at the Democratic National Convention, August 5, 2008

September 2008[edit]

Sarah Palin speaks at the Republican National Convention, September 3, 2008
John McCain and Sarah Palin onstage with Todd Palin, Cindy McCain and Robert Duvall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 6, 2008

October 2008[edit]

November 2008[edit]

President-elect Barack Obama gives his election victory speech, November 4, 2008.

December 2008[edit]

  • December 5 – The Supreme Court of the United States meets to decide whether to rule on President-elect Barack Obama's eligibility to take office.[292]
  • December 8 – The Supreme Court declines to rule on President-elect Obama's eligibility to take office.[293]
  • December 15 – Each state's presidential electors meet in their respective state capitals and the District of Columbia to officially elect Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President.[294]

2009[edit]

See also[edit]

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