The United States presidential election of 2008 was the 56th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2004. Republican Party candidate and incumbent President John McCain defeated Democratic Party candidate Howard Dean, a former Vermont governor.

McCain, along with incumbent Vice President Joe Lieberman, were renominated by their party with little difficulty. John Edwards was initially the frontrunner for the Democratic Party's nomination, but Howard Dean won nearly all of the primaries and caucuses. Dean ultimately chose Edwards as his running mate.

Foreign policy was the dominant theme throughout the election campaign, particularly McCain's wars in the Middle East that were soon coming to an end. McCain united Americans and his visionary foreign policy was very popular with most Americans, and the economy was prosperous.


John McCain Howard Dean
Official portrait of John McCain (2009)
Howard dean randolph college
Party Republican Democratic
Home State Arizona Vermont
Positions Senator, Vice President Governor of Vermont
Running Mate Joe Lieberman John Edwards
Percentage 61% 38%
Prior Candidate John McCain Al Gore

Last Election: 2004

Next Election: 2012

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