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Candidate Books

Mitt Romney: The Man, His Values and His Vision
, by Lisa Ray Turner and Kimberly Field

Real Change
, by Speaker Newt Gingrich

The Revolution: A Manifesto
, by Ron Paul, published April 2008

Tim Pawlenty: The Sam's Club Republican
, by J. A. McClure

The Audacity of Hope
by Sen. Barack Obama (D, IL)

Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics
, by Joe Biden

Withdrawn Candidates

The America We Deserve
, by Donald Trump

Do the Right Thing
, by Mike Huckabee

, autobiography by Rudolph Giuliani

America by Heart
, by Sarah Palin

Book Reviews


(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from

Speculation about the 2008 Presidential race

Who's running, and who's thinking about running for President?

The 2008 election seems to be coming soon, if one reads the news reports. We report some of the speculation here, for potential candidates who are likely to throw their hats into the ring.

STATUS REPORTS: We report below the legal status of presidential campaigns.

NEWS CLIPS: The latest announcements from the potential candidates.

BOOK EXCERPTS: Quotations from each presidential contender's books.



    George Allen
    (Former Virginia Senator) Never entered race.
    Michael Bloomberg
    (NYC Mayor).
    Sam Brownback
    (Kansas Senator) Withdrew Nov. 2007.
    Jeb Bush
    (Governor of Florida): Never entered race.
    John Cox
    (Chair of Cook County GOP, Chicago IL).
    Bill Frist
    (Tennessee Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
    Newt Gingrich
    (former Speaker of the House): Opted out of race, Sept. 2007.
    James Gilmore
    (former Governor of Virginia): Withdrew July 2007.
    Rudy Giuliani
    (former NYC Mayor). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary
    Chuck Hagel
    (Nebraska Senator): Never entered race.
    Mike Huckabee
    (Governor of Arkansas).
    Duncan Hunter
    (California Representative). Withdrew after Nevada caucuses, Jan. 2008
    Alan Keyes
    (Maryland talk-show host): Drafted, Sept. 2007.
    John McCain
    (Arizona Senator).
    George Pataki
    (New York Governor): Never entered race.
    Ron Paul
    (Texas Representative).
    Mitt Romney
    (Massachusetts Governor).
    Tom Tancredo
    (Colorado Representative): Withdrew, Dec. 2007.
    Fred Thompson
    (former TN Senator). Withdrew Jan. 2008 after SC primary
    Tommy Thompson
    (former Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of HHS): Withdrew Aug. 2007.
    Mark Sanford
    (South Carolina Governor): Never entered race.


    Evan Bayh
    (IN Senator): Withdrew Dec. 2006.
    Joe Biden
    (DE Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
    Wes Clark
    (former NATO commander): Never entered race.
    Hillary Clinton
    (NY Senator).
    Tom Daschle
    (Former SD Senator): Never entered race.
    Christopher Dodd
    (CT Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
    John Edwards
    (former NC Senator). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary.
    Russ Feingold
    (WI Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
    Al Gore
    (former V.P.): Never entered race.
    Mike Gravel
    (former AK Senator).
    John Kerry
    (MA Senator): Withdrew Jan. 2007.
    Dennis Kucinich
    (OH Representative); withdrew Jan. 2008 to defend House seat.
    Barack Obama
    (IL Senator).
    Bill Richardson
    (NM Governor); withdrew after NH primary, Jan. 2008.
    Al Sharpton
    (Reverend): Never entered race.
    Tom Vilsack
    (IA Governor): Withdrew Feb. 2007.
    Mark Warner
    (VA Governor): Withdrew Oct. 2006.


    Michael Bloomberg
    (NYC Mayor)
    Gloria La Riva
    (Liberation & Socialism)
    Green Party:
    Cynthia McKinney
    (Former GA Representative).
    Socialist Party:
    Brian Moore
    What does the legal status of presidential candidates mean?

  • For all candidates above, we assume they are running for president in 2008. There is no legal obligation at any time during 2007 to actually file papers nor make any form of announcement. Hence candidates do so primarily for publicity purposes.

  • EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE: Candidates use the term "exploratory committee" to indicate they are still at a tentative stage of preparation. An "exploratory committee" is a kind of campaign committee which allows donations while "testing the waters", without the full disclosure rules of a campaign committee. They are legally the same thing -- organizations formed to allow collecting donations for a campaign.

  • DRAFT COMMITTEE: A draft committee is a political campaign committee formed without the authorization of the candidate, for the purpose of building a campaign network prior to any candidacy announcement, or to persuade the candidate to announce. They are grassroots organizations, usually, formed to publicize a potential candidacy.

  • POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES: Many candidates form PACs for the purpose of collecting donations to redistribute to other candidates (and to publicize the candidate doing the redistribution). PACs legally differ from campaign committees because they are (in theory) not focused on a campaign. Nevertheless, they are sometimes a good indication that a candidate plans to run.

  • CANDIDACY PAPERS: Candidates must file legal paperwork with the FEC for either of the above types of committees. This paperwork is public, so the press reports when a new campaign committee is formed.

  • CANDIDACY ANNOUNCEMENT: There is no legal meaning to "announcing" a candidacy, and typically candidates "announce" as often as possible. The press reports heavily on the first announcement, although candidates recognize that and try to get more than one "first" announcement. This election cycle includes numerous pre-announcements such as announcing formation of an exploratory committee; announcing a timeline for creating an exploratory committee; and announcing the candidacy itself.

  • PRE-CANDIDACY BOOK: A good indication of planning a presidential run is writing a book. Books by politicians are ostensibly about one's views on an issue or on politics in geenral, but in reality serve to introduce the public to the candidate and to get one's issue stances on the record. We list many such books below, and we will excerpt them in advance of the 2008 campaign.

NOTE: We stopped updating the news reports once the campaign season got "officially" underway. For more recent news, click on our Recent News Page. And for more recent excerpts from each candidate, click on their individual links above.

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