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14 April 1819 - With the Battle of Salvador, the British and Portuguese launch their invasion of Napoleonic South America, the final campaign of the Federation War of Independence. (Fall of Liberty)
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Step in a Different Direction

2008 Presidential Election

On August 29, 2008, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was revealed as McCain's choice for running man. McCain described him as a "one of the great governors of this United States of America, a great friend and a great leader", and cited his fiscal conservative policies as governor of Minnesota and his abilities of working across the aisle with the Democrats in Minnesota as some of the reasons of his pick.

On September 3, 2008, McCain and Pawlenty became the Republican Party's Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees, respectively, at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Although the Pawlenty pick did not energize core Republican voters as fast following the convention as expected, the pick had secured some of the conservative voters who had previously been wary of him and a growing number of independent voters. After running a campaign largely free of personal attacks, McCain/Pawlenty won a narrow victory: 50.2% of the nationwide popular vote and 281 out of 538 electoral votes.

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The inauguration of John McCain as the 44th President, and Tim Pawlenty as the 47th Vice President, took place on January 20, 2009. He officially assumed the presidency at 12:00 noon, EST, and completed the oath of office at 12:05 P.M., EST. He delivered his inaugural address immediately following his oath, whose theme was "In the Right Direction", or one different version of it "In a Different Direction", commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

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