- THE MAJOR CANDIDATES:
US Senator John S. McCain III (Arizona)
Click here to view our detailed
profile of Senator McCain.
Congressman Ron Paul (Texas)
Ron Paul officially "scaled back" his Presidential
campaign after the Super Tuesday contests, in order to concentrate
on his reelection race. However, he insists he remains in the
contest. Click here to view
our detailed profile of Congressman Paul.
Virginia Algar (Florida)
Virginia Algar, a substitute teacher and veteran of the first
Gulf War, is running for President for "for all the people
not just a chosen few or interest groups." Since moving
to Florida in 1979, she's lost three races for DeSoto County
Sheriff and two races for DeSoto County Commissioner. Now she
is setting her sites on being President because America needs
"to elect the best and forget the rest." Her platform
is rather sparse, in that it consists merely of a short list
of slogans. Here it is in its entirety: "VETERANS!! IRAQ!!!!
SOCIAL SECURITY!! UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE!!! GLOBAL WARMING!!
COAL USAGE! FUEL EFFICIENCY! PUTTING A CAP ON CARBON! TAXES!
FRIVOLOUS GOVERNMENT SPENDING!!!!" Website: Algar
Michael Jesus Archangel (Michigan)
This gadfly candidate -- who also uses the name "Saint
Michael Jesus the Archangel" (note: formerly named Philip
Silva until he legally adopted the Archangel moniker in 1996)
-- appears rather delusional. "From the time I was a little
boy I knew I was God and Michael the Archangel, but I didn't
dare tell anyone, not even anyone in my family because I knew
that the devil, Satan, was going to try to murder Me, and indeed
he did try, four separate times," he explains. He says
he's a Vietnam War veteran who attempted suicide due to depression
and paranoia. He also claims he later became a "a volunteer
Secret Agent for the Central Intelligence Agency without pay."
A former janitor, he is a self-employed "writer" these
days. As for politics, he describes himself as a "radical
conservative Republican" who recognizes "the fact
that America is an official Theocracy." Archangel was arrested
on attempted murder and other felony charges in March 2006.
"As a matter of fact, he is crazy. Anyone in their right
mind can see that," said the Sheriff who arrested him.
You can find lots and lots of very long pages of his bizarre
writing on his official website: ArchangelMichael.info
(you've got to scroll down very far on the homepage to find
the link to his Presidential
campaign and his autobiography).
George B. Bailey Jr. (New Mexico)
George Bailey is an ordained minister, retired classroom teacher
and USAF veteran. He was also briefly a candidate for New Mexico
Governor in 2006, but withdrew before the primary. On his website,
he describes himself as follows: "First, I am an American.
Second, I am a practicing Christian. Third, I am a veteran.
Fourth, I am a Cushite, Ebony, Negro, Black, and African American,
who proudly embraces my ancestral heritage. Fifth, I am a former
independent Democrat, and presently, I am an independent Republican.
And sixth, I am my own man, free from any commitments to special
interest groups who are paralyzed morally, and who hinder social-economic
equity to all Americans in thought, word, and deeds." He
has authored a campaign book and says he is "dedicated
to God, Family, and Country." Related links: Dr.
George Bailey for President (offical campaign site).
Edward A. Buck (Utah)
Edward Buck describes his campaign as the "Common Man Presidential
Campaign." He says "the greatest threat to America
is not terrorists, but rather the theft of the civil rights
of each American by corrupt and illegal activities of politicians
and judges." What, you may ask, is this all about? Buck
explains he is upset that judges and government officials purportedly
"condoned and participated in the theft" of an invention
he tried to patent (to wit: "the first true bitless bridle
for horses"). Buck has also filed pro se lawsuits against
government officials to enforce immigration laws and against
the media for assorted civil rights violations. An Army veteran,
Buck describes himself as an "Equine physiologist"
and hopes to one day have a horse that wins the Triple Crown.
Related links: Buck
for President (offical campaign site).
Allen M. Bunch (Georgia)
Allen Bunch (as he spelled his name on the FEC paperwork) also
oddly refers to himself as "Alan" and "Alen"
on his campaign website, so even this candidate's true name
is a bit of a mystery. Bush is a self-described Reagan Republican
who describes his campaign theme as "Fortress America."
He promised to immediately send 10,000 military troops to patrol
the US-Mexico border, but also supports a Guest Worker Program
for the US. Bunch wants to replace the income tax with the "Fair
Tax" (national federal sales tax). He also wants the US
to focus on developing alternative energy sources, promises
to break up business monopolies, denounces "Judicial Terrorists"
(i.e., federal judges), and supports the war on "Islam-o-fascists."
Bunch is a high school graduate who works as an insurance agent,
but rather fuzzy on details of his family, life and career.
"I am sorry to be vague in this document, but there might
be members of the alien criminal element that might want to
do me harm and until I qualify as a presidential candidate;
I am not entitled to get Secret Service," he explains on
his website. Maybe that is why he keeps changing the spelling
of his first name. Related link:
Bunch for President (official campaign site).
Dr. Hugh Cort III (Alabama)
Hugh Cort -- a psychiatrist, fundamentalist Christian, and 2006
GOP primary candidate for Alabama State Representative (last
place - 6%) -- touts himself as someone who has "spent
years researching terrorism sources." His main campaign
issue centers around the war on terrorism. On other issues,
he supports constitutional amendments to ban abortion and ban
gay marriage, describes himself as "pro-business"
and is against higher federal taxes. Related links: Cort
for President (offical campaign site), Stop
Doomsday (Cort's anti-terrorism website), and Cort
for State Representative (official 2006 campaign site).
John H. Cox (Illinois)
attorney John Cox was an unsuccessful GOP primary candidate
for Congress in 2000, a losing candidate for US Senate in the
2002 primary, and the GOP nominee for Cook County Recorder of
Deeds in 2004. Undaunted for three defeats in a row, Cox ran
for President in 2008. As for government experience, Cox previously
served on the Glenview District 34 Local School Council and
the Glenview Zoning Board in suburban Chicago. A political conservative,
Cox describes himself as a "Reagan Republican." Cox
made regular campaign swings to Iowa and New Hampshire, hired
campaign staff, and spent over $1,000,000 -- largely from his
own pocket -- on his quixotic campaign. He withdrew from the
race in December 2007 after he continues to poll in the 1% range
in Iowa. Related links: Cox2008.com
(official campaign site) and RestoreTrust.us
Susan G. Ducey (Kansas)
Susan Ducey is a registered nurse and volunteer sign language
interpreter. She ran for President in the 1996 New Hampshire
GOP primary (12th place - 152 votes) and briefly made an abortive
run for Congress in 2000 in Oklahoma. She describes herself
as "a staunch conservative ... for strong national defense
... [and] is Pro-Life." Here, for example, is her stance
on families: "Our tax structure and welfare system discourages
the stable, married, two parent family by excessively taxing
families with children and by forcing the father out of the
house to give a single mom welfare benefits based on the number
of children. Welfare reform and the forced responsibility of
caring for ones own family will increase the importance of the
family, and eliminate much of the welfare payments." In
a related position, she supports total abolition of the federal
income tax. Related link: Ducey
for President (offical campaign site).
Daniel "Dan" Gilbert (North Carolina)
Electronics manufacturer and Vietnam War veteran Dan Gilbert
is running for President as a self-styled "ordinary American"
who still "believes America is the greatest country on
earth." Politically, he describes himself as a "values-based
conservative Republican" who espouses a social and fiscal
conservative platform. Gilbert is trying to create a "We
The People" Republican slate of "ordinary citizens
to run for office" at all levels to bring about real change
in Washington. Speaking of Congress, Gilbert complains that
he is "not sure there are many real conservatives left
in Washington." As for issues, Gilbert says "through
the past 50 years we have witnessed the gradual erosion of our
heritage. Our republic, carefully crafted by our forefathers
to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority, has
been abused. Those safeguards are now being used to subject
the majority to the tyranny of vocal minorities" -- referring
to illegal immigrants, gays, liberals, etc. Gilbert's top concern
is illegal immigration, and he vows to "lock down the southern
border and tighten controls on the northern border." He
also wants to keep US forces in Iraq until the new Iraqi government
is "ready to protect themselves from both internal and
external threats," partially privatize Social Security,
and fire "government employees who abuse the public trust
by wasting or stealing taxpayer’s money." Related
The People: Dan Gilbert for President (official site).
Ray F. Green (Massachusetts)
Except that Ray Green has filed paperwork with the FEC -- and
had previously filed as a Presidential candidate in 1996 --
no other info is known about this 2008 GOP hopeful.
Robert E. "Bob" Haines (New Hampshire)
Bob Haines -- a self-proclaimed "adopted Texan" who
campaigns in a ten gallon cowboy hat -- previously ran for President
in 1992, 1996 and 2004. He also sought other offices in Colorado
and elsewhere in years past. In the mid-1990s, Haines moved
to DC and began writing a political newsletter. He
believes most voters still remember today he was the man on
the sidewalk in front of the White House who tackled the gunman
(Francisco Duran) who tried to kill President Clinton by firing
shots at the building and at Secret Service agents in 1994.
Haines himself later spent time in jail for a felony charge
related to his pulling a gun on a man while campaigning for
the 1996 NH primary (and again in 2003-04 for violating his
probation from the '96 case). Haines maintained he was defending
himself after one man choked him and another threatened him
outside a bar. One of the funniest moments came when Haines
was arrested in 2003 for the VOP charge and, from jail, used
his post-arrrest "one phone call" to telephone the
AP to declare his jailing would not stop his campaign for President.
As for his views, Haines describes himself as "a fiscal
and social conservative" who "advocates longer sentences
for drugs and violent crimes and advocates fighting drugs and
terrorists at their sources in Columbia and Afghanistan ...
[and] advocates that the war in Afghanistan should have been
originally been aggressively pursued into Pakistan to get Bin
Laden and his army with the help of Pakistan's army." Haines
-- who claims he's campaigned in 36 states in recent years --
refuses to accept the reality that he remains an unknown to
most voters. As in 2004, Haines has established residency in
the state just so he could campaign more effectively there.
In 2004, he finished tenth in the NH primary with 579 votes.
Haines hopes to improve his showing in 2008, and has already
qualified for the NH primary ballot. No website yet,
just an email
Curtis Hayward (Texas)
Except that Curtis Hayward has filed paperwork with the FEC,
no other info is known about this 2008 GOP hopeful. His official
campaign organization is named "Hayward for President Aides
Cenocide Dismantling Research Association President." No,
"Cenocide" isn't a typo, as he spells it that way
on a few documents ... and no, we have no idea what the name
Albert B. Howard (Michigan)
Albert Howard filed paperwork with the FEC and subsequently
qualified for a spot on the NH primary ballot. According to
his website, Howard explains "The Angel of the Lord told
me in January of 1992 that Hillary Rodham Clinton and I would
meet and be running against each other and that she would lose."
Howard's entire campaign site is filled with various religious
messages, or religious explanations for things that happened
in his life. Howard, a self-described college drop-out ("like
Bill Gates"), is an Army veteran and a professional singer.
And, from the family photo on his website, it appears he is
married and the father of 8 kids. On issues, Howard wants to
end the Iraq War, cancel the Patriot Act, ban the government
from planting computer chips into people, "stop globalization"
and "shut down" the Federal Reserve. Related link:
for President (official campaign site).
Mildred T. "Millie" Howard (Ohio)
Millie Howard previously ran for President in the 1992, 1996,
2000 and 2004 primaries. She is back making a fifth bid in 2006.
In fact, her rather durable slogan of "Millie Howard for
President USA 1992 and Beyond" is easily adaptable to as
many more runs as Howard desires to make. A medical office receptionist
who will be 70-years-old in 2008, she earned her B.S. degree
in Finance in 2003 from Northern Kentucky University. Arguing
that politics in America is "corrupt" and our current
system is "socialistic," Howard called for smaller
government. In a very libertarian vein, she also demanded the
elimination of any laws that codify immorality (which Howard
defines as "abortion, bankruptcy, divorce"). "Government
needs to be moral and the rest will fall in place," Howard
explains. Her central theme is creation of a "$10,000 Birth
Right Stipend" program to eliminate all current entitlement
programs. She also advocates adoption of eight new constitutional
amendments, including declaring that life begins at conception,
abolishing the death penalty, and eliminating automatic US citizenship
for US-born children of immigrants unless at least one parent
is a US citizen. In the 2004 New Hampshire primary, Howard placed
13th with 239 votes. Related links: Millie
Howard for President USA 1992 and Beyond (offical campaign
Jerry R. Johnson (Virginia)
Jerry Johnson retired as a construction contractor in 2005,
and is now making a run for President. A long-time GOP activist,
Johnson made runs in Georgia years ago for State Representative
and US Senate. Johnson explains his campaign as being based
upon a "political/governmental structure that is true to
the people and our society. God finally revealed it to me and
I present it to you as Amendment 28: a method and a solution."
Johnson's proposed Constitutional 28th Amendment would repeal
the 17th Amendment (direct election of US Senators), reduce
each state to having only one US Senator (appointed by the state
legislature) and have federal judges serve three year terms
(subject to Presidential reappointment and Senate reconfirmation).
Related links: Johnson
for President (offical campaign site).
Walter D. "Donnie" Kennedy (Georgia)
Donnie Kennedy is a longtime activist in the "Southern Heritage"
movement (i.e., seeking to keep the Confederate battle flag
flying in the South and incorporated within the design of Southern
state flags, opposing the MLK Holiday, etc.). Kennedy is also
the former Commander of the Louisiana Division of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans. A retired nurse anaesthetist by profession,
Kennedy is the co-author several books including The South
Was Right!, Myths of American Slavery, and Was
Jefferson Davis Right? He also serves on the Board of Directors
of the League of the South. Kennedy was briefly a candidate
for President in 2004, but quit the race before the primaries
started. Kennedy says his candidacy might cause Southern Republican
elected officials to "remember the issues of conservative, Christian
Southerners of all races who elected them over their liberal
anti-South opponents ... [and] help guarantee [Confederate]
flag votes by the people in Georgia and South Carolina." He
believes the conservative movement largely suffered from 100
years of defeats over the past century at the hands of "the
liberal/socialist regime" and says "we must have real
States Right’s or that little bit of liberty upon which
we now barely subsist, that too shall be taken from us."
Kennedy was a featured speaker at the 2006 Texas Constitution
Party convention. Related links: Kennedy
for President (offical campaign site), KennedyTwins.com
(official website for Kennedy and his twin brother), Liberty
Based Society (official political organization), DixieBroadcasting.com
(unofficial grassroots supporters) and Southern
Party of North Carolina (unofficial grassroots supporters)..
Mark I. Klein (California)
Dr. Mark Klein, a psychiatrist who bills himself as "The
National Shrink", filed FEC paperwork in 2006 to run for
President. "I am so concerned about the heartless destruction
of stable, affordable American middle class family life ...
I believe that the first policy considerations of any Administration
should be about the enhancement of family stability and the
affordability of middle class life," says Klein. However,
most of his specific stances relate to equalizing the rights
of both parents in divorce and child custody cases. Related
Mark Klein Campaign (offical campaign site), Calling
'Em As I See 'Em (official blog), DrMarkKlein.com
(offical personal site), and Klein2008.org
(unofficial grassroots supporters).
William R. Koenig (Virginia)
A former commercial real estate broker, William Koenig changed
careers in 1996 to begin publishing his own watch.org
online international news site. Since then, he's co-authored
two books on Israel and Middle East policy. Through his news
site, he's become a credentialed White House reporter. Now,
he's trying to apply this background to his Presidential campaign.
"My reputation of addressing difficult issues and boldness
in speaking out stands in stark contrast to those who watch
one another and constantly modify their messages to pacify their
critics ... I am a uniter rather than a divider, preferring
reasoned unity over unreasonable division. I view partisan politics
as disruptive, counterproductive and enormously costly to our
nation ... I possess solid conservative credentials both socially
and economically," he explained. Related links: William
Koenig for President.
Philip A. "John" Kok (California)
Evangelical pastor Philip "John" Kok (pronounced "Coke")
-- also known as "JP" -- operates his own Mustard
Seed Ministry. While his ministry website -- annoying loud
in both embedded music and design (plus lots of very blurry
photos) -- is full of content, his Presidential site is barren.
It essentially consists of this one statement: "Bringing
Back the Positive Spiritual Heritage of Our Country!" Related
Elvena E. Lloyd-Duffie (Texas)
Elvena. Lloyd-Duffie was a Democratic Presidential hopeful in
1996, and has now filed paperwork with the FEC to run in 2008
as a Republican. An accountant, here is how Lloyd-Duffie previously
explained her interested in running for President: "'I
am running for President because in 1989 I sensed a call from
God almighty to be President. I absolutely know and understand
the function of the entire world." With her background
as an accountant and auditor, she boasts she could balance the
federal budget "in three to four days." Her foreign
policy: "We need to make ourselves so appealing that [other
countries] will want to copy us, then we won't have to negotiate
and argue over who's right and who's wrong." Social policy?
"Welfare is a disgusting and disgraceful thing. Pity and
compassion is stupidity without wisdom. Give their jobs to recipients
and put the social workers on welfare. Everyone on welfare has
lied to get on it," she explained. Yet, despite this view
of welfare, she supports giving "free unlimited college
tuition to anyone who wishes to pursue a higher education."
No website yet.
Yehanna Joan M.M. Malone (District of Columbia)
Joan Malone, a widow and mother of three children, was a write-in
Democratic hopeful in 2000. She later amended her federal paperwork
in 2001 to run as a Republican in 2004 as a Presidential candidate
and "Representative for God." In her August 2002 withdrawal
letter to the FEC, she wrote that she decided to attend college
and earn a bachelor's degree in religious studies as a better
way to "serve my God-Trinity, my Savior Jesus Christ, be
more like him, and truly make a difference in this world ...
Politicians have done nothing but steal from me." Again
billing herself as "Representative for God," Malone
filed FEC paperwork to make another GOP run in 2008. No website
James C. "Jim" Mitchell Jr. (Illinois)
Water treatment plant engineer and Navy veteran Jim Mitchell
currently serves on Lake County Regional Board of Education.
He previously served on the Lake County Commission, the Union
Drainage District Board, the Lake Villa District Library Board,
and the West Deerfield Township Board -- and lost a GOP primary
bid for Congress in 2006. Announcing his candidacy before a
high school class, Mitchell explained his White House campaign
is not about winning but about being involved in the political
process. "I sincerely believe I can help shape the debate,"
he said. Mitchell told the Chicago Tribune he "believes
in" the Boy Scouts of America, the Ten Commandments and
making English the nation's official language. Mitchell is a
conservative who wants to reduce the national debt, crack down
on illegal immigration, improve the federal government's response
to natural disasters and stop the flow of narcotics from foreign
countries. He says his campaign will be internet-based. Related
for President (official site) and Mitchell
for Congress (2006 campaign site).
Frederick E. "Fred" Ogin (Oregon)
Fred Ogin is a Vietnam War veteran. He previously filed paperwork
to run for President in 1984, 1996, 2000 and 2004, but did not
qualify for any primary ballots. He's also run as a Democrat
in the past. FYI: He's been using the photo (above) since his
1984 run. No other info is known about this candidate. No website
William N. "Doc" Raven (Oregon)
Except that Doc Raven has filed paperwork with the FEC, no other
info is known about this 2008 GOP hopeful.
Marshall S. Sanders (California)
Businessman Marshall Sanders was briefly a candidate for Congress
in a 2005 special election. He later filed paperwork with the
FEC to run for President, but no other info is known about this
2008 GOP hopeful.
Jack Shepard (Italy / Minnesota)
Dr. Jack Shepard is a USAF veteran and dentist ... and a convicted
felon (narcotics possession) who fled as a fugitive to Italy
to avoid trial in Minnesota when he became the suspect in the
arson of his dental office. Claiming he was wrongly convicted
in the drug case and wrong accused in the arson, Shepard continues
-- from Rome, Italy -- to run as a candidate for federal political
office in Minnesota to bring attention to his demand that the
conviction be overturned and the arson charge dropped. He says
the drug conviction should be overturned because dentists can
have narcotics in their offices and that he is innocent on the
arson charges. "I never broke the law," Shepard posted
on one political website. The US government has never formally
requested his extradition from the Italian government, although
then-prosecutor Amy Klobuchar -- now US Senator -- requested
the Feds seek his return. Shepard lost a GOP primary run for
US Senate in 2002 and Congress in 2004 and 2006. In his campaigns
-- waged on his websites and in emails to Minnesota newspapers
-- accused various Democrats of either being tied to encouraging
"the Terrorists" or being "owned" by "the
Israel Lobby." Related links: Shepard
for President (official site), ShepardUSGov.com
(Congressional campaign site), and People
for Peace Group (Shepard's organization).
Michael Charles Smith (Oregon)
Michael Smith is a computer company executive and USAF veteran,
who earned his MBA degree in 2000. He also served as a Village
Trustee of Garrett, Illinois (a town of around 200 people) in
1993-94. "I’m a Republican who is frustrated that
the most prominent voices of the Republican Party are those
of the extreme right and religious fundamental community. I’d
like to see a more moderate discussion within the Republican
Party that reflects more accurately the views of the people.
I have a well rounded education and experience in the military,
international business, and a perspective from the working middle
class. I’m willing to speak up for what I believe is right,
and unwillingly to cater my message to specific interest groups,"
says Smith, in explaining his White House candidacy. He plans
to seek ballot status in the Oregon primary, and possibly New
Hampshire and/or Iowa. Smith is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage,
pro-medical assisted suicide, anti-flag burning amendment, pro-military
draft, pro-drug decriminalization, pro-gun rights, critical
of the Patriot Act, and supports replacing the current federal
income tax with a national sales tax. Related links: Michael
Charles Smith for President (offical campaign site)
and MySpace.com: Michael
Smith for President (official site #2).
Richard Michael Smith (Texas)
Richard Michael Smith -- who uses his full name throughout his
campaign site -- holds a bachelor's degree in theology, was
a local credit union general manager/president in the 1970s,
and is now a Radio Shack merchandising executive. He also served
nine years on the Board of Trustees of Southeastern Bible College
and is active today in the ministry of his local evangelical
church. He is a staunch conservative who fully supports the
"War on Terror," supports the Strategic Defense Initiative
("Star Wars" missile shield), supports "sealing
and protecting [US] borders" to deal with illegal immigration
problems, and warns of the problem of "judicial tyranny."
As for the Iraq War, Smith says "it is time to quit wringing
our hands on how we got there and focus on what we need to do
to stabilize Iraq and the entire Middle East." Related
Michael Smith for President (offical campaign site).
Keith Sprankle (Washington)
Keith Sprankle -- a self-described "regular middle class
American" -- has Multiple Sclerosis "and because of
this have had to deal with the inadequacies of our health-care
system." He and his wife also have spent the last few years
trying to launch a new private tour company business. Promising
to lead "a new priority based and faith based administration,"
he wants a major withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, supportings
setting "a timeline of just three years to have a solid
solution" to breaking US reliable on fossil fuels, says
his energy policy will held ease global warming problems, is
pro-gun rights, pro-life, supports tougher border enforcement
of immigration laws, and promises "we can accomplish all
of this and more without increasing taxes." Related links:
for President (offical campaign site).
Corrogan R. Vaughn (Maryland)
Corrogan Vaughn -- a limousine company owner, Baptist church
deacon, former airline worker, and cancer survivor -- has lost
primary runs for US Senate in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Now he's
filed paperwork to run for President. Vaughn is also a longtime
GOP activist, having volunteered on many Maryland campaigns
over the years. Vaughn is pro-life, supports making English
the official language of the US ("English ... is our god
given right"), opposes same-sex marriage, supports a balanced
budget amendment and line-item veto amendment, and wants tougher
enforcement of existing laws to stop illegal immigration. Related
Virgil L.R. Wiles (Missouri)
Except that Virgil Wiles has filed paperwork with the FEC, no
other info is known about this 2008 GOP hopeful. No campaign
Vern Wuensche (Texas)
Vern Wuensche (pronounced "win-she") is a CPA, construction
company owner, former Army Reservist, "an active political
conservative, and a Christian who is serious about his faith."
He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Texas. After
"a difficult 30 year struggle to survive his construction
business without a functioning legal system ... where each assault
was worse than the previous," Wuensche launched a legal
reform group in 2003 to address his complaints about the judicial
system. As for his Presidential campaign, Wuensche believes
the Internet can help level the playing field between himself
and the big-name candidates. Additionally, he makes weeklong
campaign trips to either Iowa or New Hampshire each month. Wuensche
has a detailed platform on his campaign website. On issues he
wants to ban all abortions and ban embryonic stem cell research,
supports drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, supports
the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools,
supports privatizing Social Security, vows to eliminate Affirmative
Action programs, supports banning gay marriage and gay adoption,
supports "English Only" government programs, opposes
any immigration amnesty, and wants to replace the current income
tax with a national consumption tax. Related links: Vern
Wuensche for President (offical campaign site) and Legal
Reform Now! (Wuensche's organization).
RUNNING IN 2008:
Former US Senator George F. Allen (Virginia)
Senator George Allen's unexpected 2006 re-election defeat --
after running an amateurish and gaffe-prone campaign -- destroyed
the once strong buzz touting him as a likely first-tier '08
White House contender. In December 2006, Allen said he would
not run for Presidential in 2008. "There are people encouraging
me to run for office again in the future. What happens further
on down the road remains to be seen. But it's way off in the
future," he explained. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Senator Allen.
Governor Haley R. Barbour (Mississippi)
"Draft Haley Barbour for President" stickers started
floating around DC, Barbour told reporters he was flattered
but did not plan to run in 2008. However, he did not entirely
close the door on the race and some of his close political advisers
purchased some 2008-related website names -- keeping the Barbour
'08 stories in play until early 2006. Barbour is well-known
with GOP leaders around the nation from both his two-terms as
Republican National Chairman in the 1990s and his highly televised,
professional handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in his
state (especially when contrasted to the poor handling of the
same storm by Louisiana's Governor). A consumate DC insider
and former high-powered lobbyist, the conservative Barbour has
the Rolodex needed to raise substantial funds -- but he says
it won't be in 2008. In February 2006, Barbour gave a definitive
statement he would not run: "There's no way I can consider
running for President. I've been flattered by the people who
have encouraged me or said they would support me. But there's
no way I could run for President and do what I've got to do
as Governor [with the post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort]."
Click here to view our detailed
profile of Governor Barbour (which we created before
Barbour ended the speculation).
US Senator Samuel D. "Sam" Brownback (Kansas)
Sam Brownback started early and worked to position himself in
the 2008 race as the leading social conservative candidate.
However, his campaign never gained traction. He threw nearly
all his resouces in the influently August 2007 GOP straw poll
in Ames, Iowa -- but finished a distant third behind social
conservative rival Mike Huckabee. That finish largely doomed
Brownback's campaign, as it made it nearly impossible for him
to raise the money needed to keep his campaign going. He quit
the race in October 2007 after reporting weak fundraising in
3Q-07. Fortunately for Brownback, he exited the race with $100,000
still in the bank and zero campaign debt. Brownback has also
announced he will honor his voluntary term-limits pledge and
not seek re-election to the US Senate in 2010. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Senator Brownback.
Former Governor John E. "Jeb" Bush (Florida)
father George H.W. Bush was President ("Bush 41")
from 1989-93, and his older brother George W. Bush has been
President since 2001 ("Bush 43") ... so lots of Republicans
like the idea of turning Florida Governor Jeb Bush into the
"Bush 44" President. Bush, however, repeatedly says
he is not running in 2008 and actively discourages any attempts
to suggest he'll change his mind. Bush allows for the possibility
he may run for President at some future date, but he strongly
emphasizes that it won't be in 2008. "I'm not going to
run for President in 2008. That's not my interest," said
Bush in October 2004. In May 2005, Bush's father explained that
Jeb wouldn't run in 2008 because "The timing's wrong ...
he doesn't want to do it." Jeb apparently believes the
nation isn't ready to elect two brothers to back-to-back terms
in the Oval Office. Two possible reasons that gave credibility
to Jeb's denials on 2008: (1) He'll only be 59-years-old for
the 2012 election, and (2) many believe he could be the VP nominee
in 2008, paving the way for his future White House run. Several
top Bush allies in Florida -- who rarely ever act contrary to
Bush's wishes -- committed to MItt Romney's campaign in December
2006. Related links: Jeb.org
(official political site); and Wikipedia:
Jeb Bush (online resource).
Vice President Richard B. "Dick" Cheney (Wyoming)
interview after interview, Vice President Dick Cheney repeatedly
states he will not be a candidate for President in 2008. Here
are some typical Cheney comments about 2008 (from a June 2005
interview with Fox News): "I looked at [running for President]
many years ago, and concluded back about 1994, '95 that I was
not going to run, and went off to private life. I came back
at the request of the then-Governor of Texas to be his runningmate.
I've loved being Vice President. It's been a tremendous experience.
But it works in part because my agenda is his agenda. I don't
have anything here that I'm trying to do. I'm not worried about
what I'm going to do in the Iowa Caucuses in 2008. I'm here
to serve the President and to focus on the problems of the moment.
And I think it's very important that I continue to do that.
So I've made it clear that this is my last job in public life.
I've got other things I want to do when my time is up here --
[like] spend time with the grandkids ... If nominated, I will
not run, et cetera, et cetera." Still, some don't believe
him. Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, for example,
still thinks Cheney will run. In August 2005, Woodward said
it is "highly likely" Bush may urge Cheney to run.
He continued: "[Cheney[ would be 67 if he ran and was elected.
Reagan was 69. Republicans always like the old warhorse ...
Nixon was 68 ... Both parties like to nominate Vice Presidents.
... Cheney would do it [if asked], and I think it's highly likely,
so stay tuned." Click here to view of detailed
profile of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Former US Senate Majority Leader William H. "Bill"
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist did not seek re-election in
2006, seemingly, in order to prepare for a 2008 White House
run. A surgeon and multi-millionaire hospital chain co-founder,
Frist made extensive visits to Iowa, New Hampshire and other
key early contest states. By late 2006, GOP polls still showed
Frist mired in the low single digits. In November 2006, Frist
pulled the plug on his Presidential aspirations and announced
he would not run, and later endorsed Fred Thompson for President.
He is rumored to be pondering a 2010 run for Tennessee Governor.
Click here to view our detailed
profile of Senator Frist.
Former Governor James S. "Jim" Gilmore III (Virginia)
Virginia Governor and former Republican National Chairman Jim
Gilmore unexpectedly told reporters in November 2006 that he
was considering either running for President in 2008 or running
again for Governor in 2009. A month later, after making visits
to Iowa and New Hampshire to guage his prospects, Gilmore filed
federal paperwork to establish a Presidential exploratory committee.
His brief campaign effort was lackluster at best. Citing a late
start and the front-loaded primary calendar, Gilmore quit the
race in July 2007. “I have come to believe that it takes more
than a positive vision for our nation’s future to successfully
compete for the Presidency. I believe that it takes years of
preparation to put in place both the political and financial
infrastructure to contest what now amounts to a one-day national
primary in February, ” explained Gilmore in his exit statement.
Click here to view our detailed
profile of Governor Gilmore.
Former US House Speaker Newton L. "Newt" Gingrich
House Speaker Newt Gingrich spent nearly two years criss-crossing
the country, selling his new book and pitching his latest political
ideas. He also kept noting the weakness of the current GOP field
and saying how there was an opening for a legitimate conservative
with a bold vision. Just when he was on the brink in September
2007 of launching an exploratory committee, he pulled the plug
the very next day. Gingrich explained the change of plans was
due to restrictions in the McCain-Feingold campaign finance
reform law. "Yesterday morning we learned from our attorneys
that under the McCain-Feingold law, it is a criminal penalty
if I had retained any communication with [my] American Solutions
[PAC]. I could go to jail, and the idea that you're on the turn-of-the-dime
kill this program in order to obey the McCain-Feingold Act which
I think is an unconstitutional, frankly destructive bill, was
crazy. And I just said if we have to choose, then it's irresponsible
to not finish building up American Solutions," he told
ABC News. Besides, Gingrich added, "I think the odds are
80% that Sen. Clinton is the next President." He said he
would not endorse any GOP candidate until one is nominated next
summer at the national convention. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Speaker Gingrich.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. "Rudy"
Giuliani (New York)
from the Presidential race on January 30, 2008, after weak showings
in the Florida primary. He immediately endorsed John McCain
for President. Click here
to view our detailed profile of Mayor Giuliani.
US Senator Charles T. "Chuck" Hagel (Nebraska)
Senator Chuck Hagel -- a decorated Vietnam War veteran and wealthy
former businessman -- has cultivated the image of being an independent-minded
maverick. For over a year, the outspoken Hagel openly talked
of making a possible White House run in 2008. While Hagel is
pro-life and a fiscal conservative, he stood out from nearly
all of the other GOP hopefuls for his outspoken calls since
early 2006 to withdraw US troops from Iraq. He also differs
with the Bush Administration by supporting an end to the decades-old
economic boycott of Cuba, saying the embargo failed to dislodge
Castro and harmed Cuban civilians. Hagel also openly flirted
with the idea of either running on a national Independent ticket
with billionaire NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg -- another move that
didn't win Hagel GOP fans. In September 2007, Hagel finally
announced he would not run for either re-election nor President
in 2008. Related links: Office
of US Senator Chuck Hagel (official government site),
PAC (Hagel's Leadership PAC), DraftHagel08.com
(grassroots supporters) and Hagel2008.blogspot.com
Former Governor Michael D. "Mike" Huckabee (Arkansas)
Mike Huckabee, an affable former Baptist minister, emerged during
the primary season as John McCain's strongest rival for the
GOP nomination. Huckabee remained in the race until March 4,
when McCain secured the number of delegates needed to win the
nomination. He then withdrew and endorsed McCain. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Governor Huckabee
Congressman Duncan L. Hunter (California)
from the Presidential race on January 19, 2008, after weak showings
in the Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina contests.
He subsequently endorsed Mike Huckabee for President. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Congressman Hunter.
Former Governor Francis A. "Frank" Keating (Oklahoma)
two-term Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating said in December 2006
that he was considering entering the P2008 race, as he didn't
believe any of the remaining Republican candidates were truly
"Reagan conservatives." Keating's open flirtation
with the race was brief, as he announced in January 2007 he
would not run. "It's just not the right thing for me to
do at this time," he explained. Instead, he said he'd like
to run for the US Senate someday. Related links: American
Council of Life Insurers: Frank Keating (official business
Frank Keating (online resource).
Former Ambassador Alan L. Keyes (Maryland)
Dr. Alan Keyes, a social conservative who has been a bombastic
TV and radio show host, made a GOP third run for President in
2008. However, he quit the GOP in March 2008 and announced he
was continuing his candidacy under the banner of the arch-conservative
Constitution Party. Keyes previously lost runs for the GOP Presidential
nomination in 1996 and 2000, for US Senate in Maryland in 1988
and 1992, and for US Senate in Illinois in 2004. Keyes -- who
holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard and was initially a
US Foreign Service Officer -- served in the Reagan Administration
as US Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council
(1983-85) and Assistant US Secretary of State (1985-87). Since
then, Keyes has been involved with a variety of conservative
causes and these days maintains his own leadership PAC. A group
of his supporters purpotedly "drafted" him to run
for President again in 2008. However, it should be noted the
draft group operated from a website owned and controlled directly
by Keyes. Related links: AlanKeys.com
(official site & Presidential "draft" site); RenewAmerica.us
(Keyes leadership PAC); Keyes
Archive (official site); Declaration
Foundation (Keyes organization); Declaration
Alliance (Keyes organization); Wikipedia:
Alan Keyes (online resource); Alan
Keyes Skeleton Closet (negative site).
Former Governor William F. "Bill" Owens (Colorado)
Colorado Governor Bill Owens was once viewed as a hot prospect
for the next GOP White House nomination. So much so that during
2002-03, he was seen as already positioning himself to run and
building a national network of contacts. That, however, was
before the ongoing saga of his on-and-off marital separation
woes. In 2004, it apparently played a role in his decision to
not run for an open US Senate seat. By 2005, Owens sounded like
someone who not only won't run for President in '08, but is
likely to leave the political world entirely. Owens told the
Rocky Mountain News in May 2005 -- after he and his
wife reconciled -- he is looking "outside politics" for his
future and added it was "probably a very safe assumption" he
will not be on the GOP national ticket in 2008. In July 2005,
Owens went even further and told reporters he had "never"
seriously considered running for President in 2008. A related
of Governor Bill Owens (government site).
Former Governor George E. Pataki (New York)
Governor George Pataki made several trips to Iowa, New Hampshire
and other key early contest states during 2005-06. He even opened
an office in New Hampshire for his PAC (but closed it in early
2007). In January 2007, Pataki told NH Republican leaders
he was "going to let the dust settle and see where we are
in a few months" -- and added he would understand if his
GOP friends wanted to take a closer look at or endorse some
of the announced GOP hopefuls in the meantime. One guest at
the small dinner told the Manchester Union-Leader: "He
never came out and said, 'I'm not running for President,' but
everybody basically saw the handwriting on the wall, which is
he's out." Pataki's spokesperson said the ex-Gov was still
"considering the possibility of running for President"
but was instead "focusing on policy rather than politics."
Yup, he's out. Related links: Friends
of George Pataki (official political site), 21st
Century Freedom PAC (Pataki's leadership PAC), and ThePatakiPlan.com
(official Iraq War policy site).
Governor Timothy J. "Tim" Pawlenty (Minnesota)
Governor Tim Pawlenty was frequently mentioned as a dark horse
White House hopeful during much of 2004-05 -- in large part
because of his conservative politics coupled with his proven
past ability to get elected in a Democratic-leaning state. Pawlenty
made a point of shooting down those rumors of national ambitions
in some 2005 interviews. After winning a narrow 2006 re-election,
Pawlenty became co-national chair of John McCain's campaign.
Related links: Office
of Governor Tim Pawlenty (government site) and Pawlenty
for Governor (official campaign site).
US Secretary of State Condoleezza "Condi" Rice (California)
Secretary of State and former Stanford University Dean Condi
Rice has slipped from time to time in interviews -- usually
ones given abroad -- and mentioned an interest in someday being
President. However, Rice adamantly insists she will not run
in 2008 and plans to return to academia in California when the
Bush Administration ends. That hasn't stopped a small but enthusiastic
draft movement from forming, which has even run some TV ads
in Iowa. Click here to view
our detailed profile of Secretary Rice.
Former Governor W. Mitt Romney (Massachusetts)
from the race on February 7, 2008, after acknowledging John
McCain appeared to mathematically hold an insurmountable lead
in the race for the GOP nomination. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Governor Romney.
Governor Marshall C. "Mark" Sanford Jr. (South Carolina)
Carolina Governor Mark Sanford -- a former Congressman and businessman--
never expressed any interest in running for President in 2008.
That, however, did not stop some folks from launching "Draft
Sanford for President" groups in early 2005 -- praising
his record of fiscal conservatism. In April 2005, Sanford quickly
shot down the draft movement when he told told South Carolina
newspapers he would "absolutely not" be a candidate
for President in 2008. Related links: Office
of Governor Mark Sanford (government site); Sanford
for Governor (official campaign site); Draft
Sanford for President 2008 (grassroots supporters); Draft
Sanford in 2008 (grassroots suporters); and Draft
Mark Sanford for President Petition (grassroots suporters).
Former US Senator Richard J. "Rick"
much of 2004-05, social conservatives floated the name of US
Senator Rick Santorum as a potential Presidential candidate
in 2008. Santorum -- the #3 Republican in the Senate Leadership
-- seemed to appreciate the attention, but then the Democrats
succeeded in recruiting a major challenger (Bob Casey Jr.) against
Santorum for his '06 Senate race. When Santorum published his
controversial It Takes A Family book in mid-2005, many
thought it was intended to be his '08 campaign book. Opponents
-- and even media pundits -- crowed the book was an opposition
researcher's dream because it contained so many passages that
would be used against him in TV spots. After his 2006 re-election
defeat, Santorum quickly stated he would "absolutely, positively
not" be a candidate for President in 2008. Related links
are: Santorum US Senate
Committee (official campaign site), Stand
with Santorum (grassroots site),
Santorum Blog (grassroots site), Santorum
Exposed (negative site), Dump
Santorum (negative site), Stop
Santorum Now (negative site), SantorumRecord.com
(negative site), Patriots
Against Senator Santorum (negative site), Santorum
Watch (negative site), and Spreading
Santorum (negative site; adult content).
Radio Talk Show Host Michael Savage (California)
conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage said in February
2007 that he was contemplating entry into the 2008 GOP White
House race. "I
know it sounds bizarre but when you consider the people running
for the Presidency, none seems to be qualified ... A non-politician
who has a very large following, who is very conservative, and
who believes in a simple message of borders, language, and culture,
has a great chance of electrifying the American people,"
explained Savage to NewsMax. He said he didn't think his candidacy
would hurt the Republican chances in November because the GOP
has "virtually no chance of winning right now." Since
initially mentioning the idea, he seemingly dropped any plans
to run since he's never mentioned it again since then. Savage
made a name for himself
over the years with his incendiary racist, sexist, xenophobic
or homophobic rant, and will need to explain the sharp contrast
between with his vitriolic conservative radio persona and his
life history that seems sharply at odds with his rhetoric.
Savage" is actually just a show biz name, as his real legal
name is Michael Alan Weiner. Related links: MichaelSavage.com
(official site); Wikipedia:
Michael Savage (information resource); Media
Matters: Michael Savage (negative site); and
Michael Savage Sucks (negative site).
Congressman Thomas G. "Tom" Tancredo (Colorado)
Tom Tancredo spent all of 2006-07 campaigning around the nation
in an effort to gain support for his darkhorse bid for President.
But, when he failed to poll above the 2% in any early contest
states, he quit the race on December 20, 2007, and endorsed
Mitt Romney. Tancredo
claimed his campaign succeeded in his real goal: making his
staunch anti-immigration views a major topic of discussion in
the race. With most of the Republican hopefuls embracing views
close to Tancredo's, he exited the race. Tancredo previously
announced he will retire from Congress in 2008. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Congressman Tancredo.
Former Tennessee US Senator Fred Dalton Thompson (Virginia)
from the race on January 22, 2008, after weak showings in the
Iowa and South Carolina contests. Click
here to view our detailed profile of Senator Thompson.
Former Governor Tommy G. Thompson (Wisconsin)
four-term Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson served as US
Secretary of Health & Human Services during President
George W. Bush's first term. Believing
he had something to offer the national debate -- particularly
on the topic of reforming health care -- Thompson launched his
candidacy for President in January 2007. He focused his efforts
largely in Iowa, hoping for a strong showing in the Ames Straw
Poll in August 2007. Thompson -- who vowed to quit the race
if he did not place at least third in the sraw poll -- quit
the race one day after his sixth place finish in Ames.
here to view our detailed profile of Governor Thompson.