Sen. John McCain (AZ): Senate Office, John McCain 2008, Straight Talk America PAC, (P2000 page), Independent Site: The McCain Movement, Opposition Site: Stop John McCain, more
Legislation: 109th, 108th, 107th, 106th, 105th, 104th....; Project Vote Smart
[**Announced candidacy on April
2007; filed with the FEC to establish a presidential exploratory
on Nov. 16, 2006] Candidate for the Republican presidential
in 2000. Elected to the U.S. Senate in Nov. 1986, re-elected in
1998 and 2004. Elected to the U.S. House in 1982, re-elected in
years in the military, retiring from the service in 1981. A naval
aviator, he was shot down over Vietnam in 1967 and spent the next five
and a half years as a POW. Awards include the Silver
Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying
of the Naval Academy, 1958. Born August 29, 1936 in the Panama
Rep. Ron Paul (TX): House Office, Ron Paul 2008, The Committee to Re-elect Ron Paul 2006, Independent Sites: Daily Paul, RonPaulHQ
Dr. Alan Keyes: We Need Alan Keyes for President, Inc., RenewAmerica
Sept. 14, 2007; announced he was leaving the Republican Party on April
15, 2008] Chairman of RenewAmerica, "a grassroots organization
supports the 'Declarationist' ideals of Alan Keyes." 2004
nominee for U.S. Senate in Illinois against Barack Obama. Sought
the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. Hosted "The Alan
Show: America's Wake Up Call," a nationally syndicated radio talk show,
1997-99. Founder (1996) and chairman of the Declaration Foundation, a
Sought the 1996 Republican presidential nomination. 1992
nominee for U.S. Senate in Maryland against Sen. Barbara
President of Citizens Against Government Waste, 1989-91. 1988
nominee for U.S. Senate in Maryland, garnering 38 percent of the vote
Sen. Paul Sarbanes. Assistant Secretary of State for
Organizations, 1985-87. U.S. Representative (ambassador rank) to
the United Nations Social and Economic Council, 1983-85. Foreign
service officer and State Department service, 1978-83. Harvard
B.A., Ph.D. in Government Studies, 1979. Born August 7, 1950 in
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (AR): Huckabee for President Election Committee, Inc., NGA Healthy America Initiative, Independent Site: Huckabee for President blog
[**Filed with the FEC
establish a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 29, 2007;
withdrawal on Mar. 4, 2008] Became Governor on July 15, 1996,
the resignation of Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. Elected Governor in 1998
and 2002. Term limited; not eligible to seek re-election in 2006,
finished term on Jan. 9, 2007. Chairman of the National Governors
Association, July 2005-6. Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas,
President of Cambridge Communications in Texarkana, 1992-96.
of KBSC-TV, a 24 hour UHF channel in Texarkana, 1987-92.
of the Arkansas State Baptist Convention, 1989-91. Pastor,
Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, 1980-86. Graduate of Ouachita
University at Arkadelphia, 1977 and attended Southwestern Baptist
Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Born August 24, 1955 in Hope, AR.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (MA): Romney for President, Inc., Independent Sites: Elect Mitt Romney President in 2008 Blog, Americans for Mitt, more
[**Announced candidacy on Feb.
2007; filed with the FEC to establish a presidential exploratory
on Jan. 3, 2007; suspended
campaign on Feb. 7, 2008 and endorsed McCain on Feb. 14,
Elected Governor in Nov. 2002; did not seek re-election and served
Jan. 2007. President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing
1999-2002. Republican nominee for United States Senate,
CEO of Bain Capital, Inc., which he founded in 1984. A Vice
of Bain & Company, Inc., a Boston-based management consulting firm,
1978-84. MBA from Harvard Business School and JD from Harvard Law
School, both in 1975. B.A. from Brigham Young University,
Born 1947 in Michigan (son of George Romney who served three terms as
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (NY): Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee, Inc., Giuliani Partners, Bracewell & Giuliani, Independent Sites: Giuliani Blog, Draft Rudy Giuliani, Inc., rudyforpresidentblog
[**Filed with New York State to
a presidential exploratory committee on Nov. 10, 2006; filed with the
on Nov. 20, 2006; announced withdrawal on Jan. 30, 2008]
and Chief Executive Officer of Giuliani Partners LLC, which he founded
in January 2002. Partner at Bracewell & Giuliani (announced March
formerly Bracewell & Patterson). Time Magazine's Person of
Year in 2001. Withdrew from U.S. Senate race in May 2000 citing
cancer. Elected Mayor of the City of New York in Nov. 1993,
in 1997. Ran for Mayor of New York City in 1989, losing by the
margin in the City's history. Appointed U.S. Attorney for the
District of New York, 1983. Appointed Associate Attorney General,
1981. Practiced law at Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler,
Served two years in Washington as Associate Deputy Attorney General and
chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General. Joined the U.S.
office in 1970; served as Chief of the Narcotics Unit and rose to
U.S. Attorney. Graduate of Manhattan College, 1965 and New
York University Law School, 1968. Born May 28, 1944 in Brooklyn,
Former Sen. Fred Thompson (TN): Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc., The Fred Thompson Report (ABC Radio Networks), Independent Sites: Draft Fred Thompson
Sept. 6, 2007; formed testing the waters committee at the beginning of
June 2007; announced
withdrawal on Jan. 22, 2008] Elected to the U.S. Senate
Nov. 8, 1994 special election; re-elected in 1996, did not seek
in 2002 and served through Jan. 2003. Has appeared in numerous
episodes and motion pictures, for example appearing in over 100
of "Law and Order;" started his motion picture career in 1985 playing
in "Marie." Special counsel to Gov. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), 1980;
special counsel the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1980-81;
counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, 1982.
counsel on the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign
(“Watergate Committee”), 1973-74. Assistant U.S. attorney,
Practiced law. Undergraduate degree in philosophy and political
from Memphis State University, 1964; J.D. from Vanderbilt University,
At That Point in Time: The Inside Story of the Senate Watergate
Committee (Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., 1975).
Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA): House Office, Hunter for President, Inc., Peace Through Strength PAC, Committee to Re-elect Congressman Duncan Hunter
Jan. 25, 2007; filed with the FEC to establish a presidential
committee on Jan. 12, 2007; announced
withdrawal on Jan. 19, 2008]
Represents California's 52nd Congressional District consisting of
and northern San Diego County. Elected to a 14th term in Congress
in Nov. 2006. Chaired the House Armed Services Committee in the
and 109th Congresses. First elected to Congress in 1980,
Democratic incumbent Lionel Van Deerlin. Attorney in private
in Barrio Logan San Diego. J.D. and B.S.L from Western State
Law School in San Diego, 1976. Vietnam veteran; served in the
Airborne and 75th Army Rangers, 1969-71. Born May 31, 1948 in
Rep. Tom Tancredo (CO): House Office, Tancredo for a Secure America, Team America PAC, 2006 re-election campaign; Independent Sites: tancredo4prez.blogspot.com
of a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 16, 2007; announced
on April 2, 2007; announced
withdrawal on Dec. 20, 2007] Re-elected to a fifth term in
represents Colorado's 6th Congressional District. First elected
Congress in 1998. President of the Independence Institute, a
think tank based in Golden, 1993-98. Served at the U.S.
of Education during the Reagan and Bush administrations. State
1976-81. Teacher at Drake Junior High School. B.A. in
science from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley,
Born December 20, 1945 in North Denver, CO.
Sam Brownback (KS):
Office, Brownback for
for Senator Sam Brownback; Opposition Site: The
Legislation: 109th, 108th, 107th, 106th, 105th; Project Vote Smart
[**Filed with the FEC to
a presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 4, 2006; announced
on Jan. 20, 2007; announced
withdrawal on Oct. 19, 2007] Elected
to the U.S. Senate in 1996 (in the Republican primary he defeated
Frahm, who had been appointed to complete Bob Dole's term); elected to
a full six year term in 1998; re-elected in 2004. Elected to
in 1994, representing the Kansas 2nd CD. Selected as Kansas
of Agriculture in 1986 and served in the position for seven
Co-author of Kansas Agricultural Law
(Lone Tree Pub Co, 1994).
Law degree from the University of Kansas, 1982; B.S. in Agricultural
from Kansas State University, 1979. Born September 12, 1956
in Garnett, KS.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson (WI): Tommy Thompson for President, Akin Gump, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, LHI, Tommy G. Thompson Collection at Marquette University, (P2000 page)
[**Filed with the FEC
establish a presidential exploratory committee on Dec. 13, 2006;
candidacy on April 4, 2007; announced
withdrawal on Aug. 12, 2007] Partner at Akin Gump Strauss
& Feld LLP. Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health
President of Logistics Health Incorporated of La Crosse, WI (named to
position in Feb. 2005). ("LHI designs, implements and manages
health services, medical and dental readiness services, and secure data
management for the U.S military and DHHS, as well as numerous
companies.") Health and Human Services Secretary, sworn in Feb.
2001 served to Jan. 2005. Served 14 years as Governor of
first elected in 1986 and re-elected in 1990, 1994, 1998; resigned in
2001 to become HHS Secretary. Unsuccessful campaign for Congress
in 1979. Elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1966 and re-elected
ten consecutive times; elected assistant minority leader in 1973 and
floor leader in 1981. B.S. (1963) and J.D. (1966) from University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Born November 19, 1941 in Elroy, WI.
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (VA): Gilmore for President, LLC., Kelley Drye Collier Shannon, National Council on Readiness and Preparedness (NCORP), USA Secure; Independent Site: Draft Gilmore for President
[**Filed with the FEC
establish a presidential exploratory committee on Jan. 9, 2007;
candidacy on April 26, 2007; announced
withdrawal on July 14, 2007] Partner at the law firm of
Drye Collier Shannon. Chairman of the National Council on
and Preparedness. Chaired the Congressional Advisory Panel to
Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass
Destruction ("Gilmore Commission"), 1999-2003. Chaired the RNC
Jan. 2001 to Jan. 2002, while Governor. Elected Governor of
in 1997 and served one term, 1998-2002. Elected Virginia Attorney
General in 1993. Elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico
in 1987 and re-elected in 1991. Attorney in private
Graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, 1977.
tour as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in West Germany.
degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in
Born October 6, 1949 in Richmond, VA.
John Cox (IL): Cox 2008, interview
Chicago area lawyer, accountant and businessman. Ran for chair of
the Illinois Republican State Central Committee in January 2005.
Ran for Cook County Recorder of Deeds in Nov. 2004. Briefly
the 2004 Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Illinois (announced July
2003, withdrew Oct. 2003). Ran for the 2002 Republican U.S.
nomination in Illinois (finished third with about 23% of the
Ran for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 10th CD in 2000 to
retiring Rep. John Porter (finished fifth of ten candidates).
a radio program called "The Progressive Conservative" on WJJG-AM
On the Illinois Steering Committee of Jack Kemp's 1988 presidential
Started Cox Financial Group, Ltd., an investment advisory firm in 1985;
Equity Property Management, L.L.C., a real estate management company in
1995; and a venture capital firm. Started a law and accounting
in 1981. Associate at Devoe, Shadur & Krupp. J.D. from
IT/Chicago Kent College of Law, 1980. Graduate of the University
of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Accounting and Political
Born July 15, 1955 in Chicago, IL.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: www.Newt.org, Center for Health Transformation, American Solutions for Winning the Future, Independent Site: DraftNewt.org
[Announced on Sept. 29,
that he will not run for president in 2008] Founder and chairman
of American Solutions for Winning the Future, a 527-organization.
Founder of the Center for Health Transformation, begun in 2003 as a
of the Gingrich Group. Chairman of the Gingrich Group, a
and consulting firm he founded in 1999. Senior fellow at the
Time Magazine's Man of the Year in 1995.
Elected Speaker of the U.S. House in 1995 and served to Jan.
In 1994, Gingrich drew up the "Contract with America" that helped
gain a majority in the U.S. House for the first time since 1954.
Elected to Congress in 1978, after unsuccessful campaigns in 1974 and
Professor of History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College,
1970-78. Master's (1968) and doctoral (1971) degrees in Modern
History from Tulane University. Bachelor's degree from Emory
1965. Born June 17, 1943 in Harrisburg, PA.
Chuck Hagel (NE): Senate
Office, Sandhills PAC, Hagel
for Senate Committee, Independent Site: Chuck
Hagel for President blog
Legislation: 109th, 108th, 107th, 106th, 105th; Project Vote Smart
[Announced on Sept. 10,
that he would not seek re-election nor run for president in 2008; announced
March 12, 2007 that he would "make a decision on my political future
this year."] Elected to the U.S.
in Nov. 1996, re-elected in 2002. President of McCarthy &
an investment banking firm based in Omaha, Nebraska. President
CEO of World United Service Organizations. Co-founded VANGUARD
Systems, Inc., a publicly traded corporation, in the mid-1980s.
Administrator of the Veterans Administration, nominated by President
in 1981. Manager of Government Affairs for The Firestone Tire &
Company in Washington, DC, 1977-80. Administrative Assistant to
John Y. McCollister (R-NE), 1971-77. Newscaster and talk show
with radio stations KBON and KLNG in Omaha starting in 1969. Served in
Vietnam in 1968, two Purple Hearts. Graduate of the the Brown
for Radio and Television in Minneapolis and University of Nebraska at
Born Oct. 4, 1946 in North Platte, NE.
Former Gov. George Pataki (NY): 21st Century Freedom PAC, Friends of Pataki
[Active in 2005-06, but stepped
on Jan. 30, 2007 while still leaving the door open] Elected
in Nov. 1994, defeating Mario Cuomo; re-elected 1998 and 2002; did not
seek re-election in 2006, and served through Jan. 1, 2007.
the Nov. 2004 elections, Pataki held the distinction of being the
serving governor in the United States). Elected to the State
in 1992. Elected to the State Assembly four times. Elected
Mayor of Peekskill in 1981, re-elected 1983. Graduate
of Yale University, 1967 and Columbia Law School, 1970. Born June
24, 1945 on the family farm in Peekskill, NY.
Former Gov. Frank Keating (OK): American Council of Life Insurers
[Ruled out a
run on on Jan. 16, 2007; as reported by The Oklahoman
just not the right thing for me to do at this time.”) Keating
South Carolina on Dec. 20, 2006.] President and CEO of the
Council of Life Insurers since January 2003. Elected Governor of
Oklahoma in 1994 and re-elected in 1998. Continued in the Bush
Administration as Associate Attorney General and then General Counsel
Acting Deputy Secretary of HUD. Served in the Reagan
as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and later Associate Attorney
U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, 1981-85.
in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1973-75 and the Oklahoma
Senate from 1975-81. FBI special agent. B.A. in history
Georgetown University, 1966 and J.D. from the University of Oklahoma,
Born Feb. 10, 1944, in St. Louis, MO, grew up in Tulsa, OK, now
of McLean, VA. Author of two childrens books, biographies of Will
Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt. [The Associated Press reported in
Dec. 2006 that Keating had been thinking about a possible run following
Sen. George Allen's loss in the midterm elections.]
Bill Frist, M.D. (TN): Senate
Office, Volunteer PAC
Legislation: 109th, 108th, 107th, 106th, 105th, 104th; Project Vote Smart
out a 2008 presidential run on Nov. 29, 2006] Did not seek
to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Senate Majority Leader for four
elected on Dec. 23, 2002. Chairman of the NRSC in the 107th
Elected to the U.S. Senate in Nov. 1994, re-elected in 2000.
the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1985; founded
directed the Vanderbilt Transplant Center. Surgical training at
General Hospital; Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, England;
Stanford University Medical Center. Graduate of Princeton
1974 and Harvard Medical School, 1978. Born Feb. 22, 1952 in
George Allen (VA):
Friends of George
Allen, Good Government for America Committee, Independent Site:
Legislation: 109th, 108th, 107th; Project Vote Smart
Defeated in bid for a
term in Nov. 2006. Chairman of the NRSC in the 108th
Elected to the U.S. Senate in Nov. 2000. Partner, McGuire Woods
in 1998. Elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in Nov.
1993, served one term,1994-98, term limited. U.S. Representative,
1991-93, elected in a special election. Served in the Virginia
of Delegates, 1983-91. Republican nominee for the Virginia House
of Delegates, 1979. Worked in private law practice,
B.A. in History (1974) and J.D. (1977) from the University of
Born March 8, 1952 in Whittier, CA.
Gov. Haley Barbour
Office, Barbour for
Gov. Mark Sanford (SC): Governor's Office
Sen. Rick Santorum (PA): Senate Office, Santorum 2006, America's Foundation; Independent Site: Stop Santorum Now (Stonewall Democrats)
Vice President Dick Cheney (WY): Vice President's Office
Gov. Bill Owens (CO): Governor's Office, Center for a New American Century
Gov. Jeb Bush (FL): Governor's Office
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA): Governor's Office, Schwarzenegger.com, Amend for Arnold
Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice: Department of State, Independent Sites: www.4condi.com (Americans for Dr. Rice), Condipundit, more
Became the 66th
Secretary of State on January 26, 2005. Previously served as
Bush's National Security Advisor (formally Assistant to the President
National Security Affairs) starting on Jan. 22, 2001. Provost of
University for six year term through June 1999. Director, and
Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National
Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security
Affairs, 1989 to March 1991. Professor of political science at
University, joined the faculty in 1981. Bachelor's degree in
science from the University of Denver, 1974; master's from the
of Notre Dame, 1975; and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of
Studies at the University of Denver, 1981. Born November
1954 in Birmingham, AL.
Rep. Mike Pence (IN): House Office, House Republican Study Committee, 2006 re-election campaign; Independent Sites: Pence08.com, Draft Pence Movement
Re-elected to a fourth term in 2006; represents Indiana's 6th CD (14 counties and parts of 5 others in east-central Indiana including Muncie and the Indiana suburbs of Cincinnati, OH). Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee for the 109th Congress (elected in Sept. 2004). First elected to Congress in 2000. Started career in radio broadcasting in 1992; syndicated statewide by Network Indiana in 1994. Named president of Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative state think tank based in Fort Wayne, in 1991 (continued through 1994). Ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1988 and 1990. Attorney in private practice, 1986-90. J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, 1986. Graduate of Hanover College with a degree in American history, 1981. Born in Columbus, IN.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME): Senate Office, 2006 re-election campaign; Independent Site: OlympiaSnowe2008.com
Elected to the U.S.
in 1994 and re-elected in 2000 and 2006. Elected to Congress in
Elected to the Maine Senate in 1976. Elected to the Maine House,
representing her home town of Auburn, in 1973 to the seat left vacant
the death of her first husband; re-elected in 1974. Undergraduate
degree in political science from the University of Maine in 1969.
Born Feb. 21, 1947, in Augusta, ME.
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