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PoD: John Kerry never says "I was for it before I was against it", lessening attacks on him for being a flipflopper.
NEW BIN LADEN TAPE TAUNTS BUSH, UPSETS ELECTION
BUSH, KERRY REJECT BIN LADEN BUSH CAMPAIGN RECIEVES BUMP IN POLLS FOLLOWING TAPE POLLS TIED, CLOSE ELECTION LOOMS
EXIT POLLS BLEAK FOR BUSHIf the exit polls are right, the president is headed for a landslide defeat, with solid GOP states such as Mississippi and South Carolina too close to call. Republicans dispute the polls but worry their supporters will be demoralised and stay home.
KERRY DEFEATS BUSH!
DEM 284 ELECTORAL VOTES 49.4% OF THE POPULAR VOTE
REP 254 ELECTORAL VOTES 49.6% OF POPULAR VOTE
This is just like the exit polls IOTL.
After a bitter, heated campaign, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards have reclaimed the White House for the Democrats. The faltering economy and divisive Iraq war alienated many Americans from Bush. Partisan divisions are unlikely to be soothed, as Bush won the popular vote and the Republicans gained seats in both houses. There are rumors Bush will contest the result.
PRESIDENT BUSH CONTESTS RESULT -NOVEMBER 3,2004 OHIO RECOUNT BEGINS -NOVEMBER 4,2004 SENATE MINORITY LEADER DASCHLE(D-SD)LOSES RE-ELECTION SENATOR SPECTER(R-PA)RE-ELECTED MURKOWSKI WINS ALASKA SENATE SEAT OHIO RECOUNT STIRS FEELINGS FALLUJAH CAPTURED IN HEAVY FIGHTING -NOVEMBER 13,2004 KERRY VICTORY VALIDATED BY RECOUNT-NOVEMBER 29,2004 BUSH CONCEDES DEFEAT, URGES AMERICANS TO UNITE -NOVEMBER 30,2004
TSUNAMI SWAMPS ASIA!
COLOMBIAN REBEL LEADER/DRUG LORD SIMON TRINIDAD EXTRADITED TO US GOVERNOR ROMNEY APPOINTS THOMAS REILLY TO KERRY’S SENATE SEAT -JANUARY 1,2005 Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, appointed Attorney General Thomas Reilly, a Democrat, to President-Elect Kerry’s Senate seat that he resigned from last week. Romney was forbidden from appointing a Republican by the Democrat legislature.
PRESIDENT KERRY INAUGURATED -JANURY 20,2005 KERRY APPROVAL RATING AT 54% PRESIDENT PASSES EXCUTIVE ORDER FUNDING STEM CELL RESEARCH -JANUARY 22,2005
IRAQI ELECTIONS POSTPONED FOR "SECURITY REASONS" -JANUARY 25,2005 REPUBLICANS LAMBAST KERRY ON IRAQKERRY CABINET NOMINEES
PRESIDENT JOHN KERRY
VICE-PRESIDENT JOHN EDWARDS
SECRETARY OF STATE RICHARD HOLBROOKE
TREASURY SECRETARY DONALD KOHN
DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA
ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR LARRY ECHO HAWK
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TOM VILSACK
COMMERCE SECRETARY GARY LOCKE
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LAHOOD
SECRETARY OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT SHAUN DONOVAN
VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY CHARLIE GONZALES
SECRETARY OF HEALTH&HUMAN SERVICES JEANNE SHAHEEN
SECRETARY OF LABOR BEN CAYETANO
ENERGY SECRETARY TONY KNOWLES
HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY DANIEL INOUYE
CHIEF OF STAFF DAVID WADE
VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY ERIC SHINSEKI
EPA ADMINISTRATOR CAROL BROWNER
CONGRESS CONFIRMS KERRY NOMINEES BROWNER NOMINATION ATTACKED CATHOLIC CHURCH EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT WITH PRESIDENT'S POSITION ON ABORTION -FEBRUARY 1, 2005
ANONYMOUS BISHOP CALLS FOR EXCOMMUNICATION PRESIDENT URGES CONGRESS TO RATIFY KYOTO PROTOCOL- FEBRUARY 2,2005 REPUBLICAN LEADERS REJECT PROTOCOL -FEBRUARY 3,2005 FORMER LEBANESE PM HARIRI KILLED IN BOMBING- FEBRUARY 14,2005 KYOTO GOES INTO EFFECT, NOT FOR US&AUSTRALIA
LANDMARK SUPREME COURT DECISION ENDS EXECUTION OF MINORS -MARCH 1,2005 ENVIRONMENTALIST BROWNER CONFIRMED-MARCH 3,2005
NEW BIN LADEN TAPE MOCKS 'COWARDLY INFIDEL'- MARCH 4,2005
In an appeal to Sunni Iraqis, Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden mocked President Kerry and referencing the decision to postpone elections, called his enemies cowards. He also said "Even if they want to, the infidel cannot provide security. But they do not want to as it would hurt their greedy and lustful ambitions to our land" The tape has been authenticated by the White House. Meanwhile, 3 US soldiers were killed in a bombing in Baghdad.
KYOTO RATIFICATION CHANCES DEAD- SAY PUNDITS US TROOPS FIRE ON CAR OF ITALIAN HOSTAGE -MARCH 4,2005
INSURGENCY IN BALOCHISTAN!-MARCH 8,2005PAKISTANI REGION SEES FIRST INSURGENCY SINCE 1978
KERRY APPROVAL RATING AT 49%, 47% DISAPPROVE - MARCH 10,2005
IRAQI ELECTIONS SCHEDULED FOR MAY The Iraqi parliamentary elections will be held in May 1 and after a constitution has been created, elections will again be held on February 28, 2006. This is due to the fact attacks have dulled since January, with average 55 attacks per month instead of the previous 70.
CONTROVERSIAL TERRI SCHIAVO CASE ENDS WITH EUTHANASIA KERRY WELCOMES RESULT -MARCH 15,2005 FLOWERS BLOSSOM IN KYRGYZSTAN'S TULIP REVOLUTION- MARCH 24,2005
TAIWANESE PROTEST AGAINST CHINA -MARCH 26,2005
PRESIDENT KERRY VISITS TAIWAN, CALLS FOR CALM BETWEEN NATIONS -APRIL 1,2005
POPE JOHN PAUL II DIES- APRIL 2,2005
CATHOLIC KERRY COMMEMORATES POPE US TROOPS FEND OFF ASSAULT ON ABU GHRAIB BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH -APRIL 2,2005
PRESIDENT URGES CONGRESS TO TACKLE IMMIGRATION REFORM-APRIL 6,2005 President Kerry joined with a bipartisan group of Senators, including Ted Kennedy, Mel Martinez, John McCain and Arlen Specter in pushing for immigration reform. Congress is expected to vote on the issue within the next few months. RIGHT-WING STRIKES BACK AGAINST REFORM Right-wing Republicans are determined to prevent immigration reform from passing, with talk radio assaulting it as 'amnesty.' With only 45 Democrat Senators, reform will need at least 15 Republican votes to overcome the expected filibuster. However, with the Republican base rallying against the bill, its chances are dying by the day. BENEDICT XVI NEW POPE -APRIL 19,2005 NEW VIDEO WEBSITE EMERGES - APRIL 23,2005
SYRIANS BOOTED OUT OF LEBANON -APRIL 26,2005
Syria has promised to withdraw all its forces from Lebanon by April 30 and will let a United Nations team verify the pullout, a U.N. envoy said Sunday.
Damascus ordered the withdrawal, demanded by a U.N. Security Council resolution seven months ago, after coming under intense international pressure over the Feb. 14 assassination of a Lebanese former prime minister, Rafik al-Hariri.
The U.N. envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, said Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara had told him "all Syrian troops, military assets and the intelligence apparatus will have been withdrawn fully and completely ... by April 30, 2005.
Lebanese opposition figures hailed the announcement, which fulfilled one of their key demands.
Syria first sent troops to Lebanon in 1976, early in its 1975-90 civil war, but in recent years had reduced numbers to about 14,000 from a peak of 40,000.
U.N. Resolution 1559, sponsored by the United States and France, demanded the departure of all foreign forces, the disbanding of all Lebanese militias and respect for Lebanon's political independence.
"Syria by its full withdrawal from Lebanon would have implemented its part of resolution 1559," Shara said.
The declared timetable means all Syrian forces will have left before Lebanon holds parliamentary elections. The polls were due to have taken place in May, but might be pushed back because of political turmoil since Hariri's killing. IRAQI ELECTIONS HELD- MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL BUT LOW SUNNI TURNOUT -MAY 1,2005 Iraq has held its first ever democratic elections in a public rebuke to Al-Qaeda. President Kerry praised the elections, calling them ' proof of freedom's power'. Despite this rhetoric, most of the large Sunni minority did not vote. Iraq's new parliament will create a new constitution before elections in 2006 and selecting a prime minister to run the government. BRITISH ELECTIONS: BLAIR ALIVE BUT WOUNDED -MAY 5,2005 In the British elections, pro-Iraq War PM Tony Blair won re-election but is in an increasingly fragile position as involvement in Iraq becomes more and more unpopular. DNC CHAIRMAN HOWARD DEAN: REPUBLICANS KILLING REFORM
-MAY 20,2005 WAR OF WORDS TO CONTINUE: MEASURE TO END SENATE DEBATE ON IMMIGRATION FAILS -MAY 24,2005 CLOTURE FAILS AGAIN -MAY 26,2005 Voting 52-45, the Senate failed to end debate on the immigration bill, preventing it from being passed. This is another defeat for the President's agenda. WHITE HOUSE LAMBASTS 'REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTIONISM' -MAY 31,2005 After having its legislative agenda on Kyoto and now immigration defeated, the administration lashed out at 'obstructionism' from congressional Republicans. MAY WAS BLOODIEST MONTH IN IRAQ SINCE INVASION
PUNDITS WRITE OFF IMMIGRATION REFORM AS DEAD
Following the failure of immigration reform in the Senate, pundits widely blame the right-wig's efforts to kill reform for its failure and say congressional Republicans were driven right by talk radio. Special report:
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ADMINISTRATION CONSIDERING NEW COURSE ON IRAQ AS WAR SOURS LIBERALS URGE WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ IRAQI POLICE"PARTIALLY ABLE AT BEST"
KERRY APPROVAL RATING AT 47%, 51% DISAPPROVE -JUNE 26,2005 3 SEALS, 16 SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCE SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN -JUNE 28,2005
60% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE INVADING IRAQ WAS WRONG DECISION LIVE 8 CONCERTS HELD -JULY 2,2008 TERROR STRIKES LONDON- JULY 7,2005PRESIDENT SAYS 'THIS EVIL WILL NOT STAND'
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY ALLEGES KERRY WEAKNESS CAUSED ATTACKS -JULY 8,2005 WHITE HOUSE CONDEMS DELAY, SAYS HE 'POLITICISED TRAGEDY' ISLAMIC JIHAD KILLS CIVILIANS IN NETANYA,ISRAEL -JULY 12,2005 RESORT TOWN IN EGYPT BOMBED BY TERRORISTS -JULY 23,2005 ISRAEL PULLS SETTLERS OUT OF GAZA, ENDS OCCUPATION OF GAZA STRIP -AUGUST 23,2005
GOVERNMENT DECLARES LOUISIANA A DISASTER AREA IN FACE OF HURRICANE-AUGUST 28,2005 HURRICANE KATRINA MAKES LANDFALL ON NEW ORLEANS -AUGUST 29,2005 KATRINA BURSTS LEVEES, NEW ORLEANS DROWNED
FEMA DIRECTOR CRAIG FUGATE PLEDGES 'SWIFT ACTION' -AUGUST 30,2005
DISASTER IN NEW ORLEANS AS STRANDED CITIZENS BEG FOR HELP
US SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST DIES -SEPTEMBER 1,2005
PRESIDENT KERRY INVOKES INSURRECTION ACT, TROOPS ENTER NEW ORLEANS TO RESTORE ORDER -SEPTEMBER 3,2005
PRESIDENT KERRY RIDES NEW ORLEANS IN SPEED BOAT - SEPTEMBER 4, 2005 KERRY TO NEW ORLEANS"I'M HERE TO HELP YOU!" GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO KATRINA CRITICISED Congressional Republicans, many seeking to undermine the president in the 2006 elections and elections in November, have criticised the response to Katrina. While Kerry did appear in New Orleans and has been seen to lead the relief effort, Republicans have been quick to deride this as a 'photo-op'. Indeed, this may have value, as there were reports of unrelieved suffering in the city, though these turned out to be exaggerated. 50% of Americans consider the president handled the disaster 'fair' or 'poorly' while 46% believe it was 'good' or 'excellent', according to a Zogby poll.
ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES IRAQ WITHDRAWAL TIMETABLE-SEPTEMBER 24,2005
TROOPS TO LEAVE BY 2008
'IRAQ TO DETERMINE ITS OWN DESTINY' SAYS PRESIDENT
EXPERTS DIVIDED, MANY CONSIDER WITHDRAWAL ONLY WAY TO ESCAPE 'HOPELESS QUAGMIRE'
REPUBLICANS ATTACK WITHDRAWAL TIMETABLE
TIMETABLE 'GIFT TO AL-QAEDA' SAYS SENATOR MCCAIN
-SEPTEMBER 25, 2005
CARTOON OF MUHAMMAD ANGERS MUSLIMS, PROTESTS ERUPT
-SEPTEMBER 30, 2005
HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO LAUNCH INQUIRY INTO KATRINA
FEMA DIRECTOR FUGATE UNDER PRESSURE TO RESIGN
DEMOCRATS ATTACK 'PARTISAN WITCH-HUNT'
HOUSE REPUBLICANS LINKED IN JACK ABRAMOFF LOBBYING SCANDAL
PROSECUTORS HOPE TO CATCH MAJORITY LEADER DELAY
US SOLDIERS FILMED BURNING TALIBAN BODIES
-OCTOBER 1, 2005
BURNINGS AGAINST ISLAMIC RITUAL, GENEVA CONVENTION
PRESIDENT KERRY NOMINATES SONIA SOTOMAYOR AS CHIEF JUSTICE
-OCTOBER 7, 2005
REPUBLICANS ATTACK SOTOMAYOR NOMINATION AS 'UNQUALIFIED EXTREME LIBERAL'
CONSERVATIVES THREATEN TO FILIBUSTER
SADDAM HUSSEIN TRIAL BEGINS
-OCTOBER 19, 2005
PALESTINE AND SHERATON ISHTAR HOTELS TRUCK BOMBED
-OCTOBER 24, 2005
FIRST LADY TERESA KERRY SAYS IRAQI INSURGENCY 'EXAGGERATED', REPUBLICAN ATTACKS 'FALSE'
-OCTOBER 25, 2005
REPUBLICANS CALL HER DELUSIONAL
MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS RIOT IN FRANCE
-OCTOBER 27, 2005
FORMER VP CHENEY CHIEF OF STAFF SCOOTER LIBBY INDICTED
-OCTOBER 28, 2005
10 US SOLDIERS, 34 CIVILIANS KILLED IN IRAQ BOMBING-OCTOBER 28, 2005
REPUBLICAN JERRY KILGORE WINS VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION-NOVEMBER 8, 2005
THOMAS REILLY ELECTED TO KERRY SEAT-
SURPRISINGLY NARROW VICTORY WORRIES DEMOCRATS
170 CASUALTES AS TERRORIST BOMBS WEDDING IN AMMAN, JORDAN
-NOVEMBER 9, 2005
JORDANIANS ALIENATED FROM AL-QAEDA
SHI'ITE MOSQUES ATTACKED IN SUICIDE BOMBINGS
-NOVEMBER 18, 2005
SENATE CONFIRMS SOTOMAYOR
-NOVEMBER 23, 2005
60-39 CONFIRMATION CAUSES MIXED FEELINGS AMONG DEMOCRATS
CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKERS HELD HOSTAGE
-NOVEMBER 26, 2005
CONSERVATIVE RIGHT GAINING INFLUENCE?
REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT ALARMED AT RIGHT-WING DIRECTION
DEATH OF IMMIGRATION REFORM SHOWS THE RIGHT'S RISING POWER
IRAQI VOTERS ENDORSE CONSTITUTION
-DECEMBER 20, 2005
IRAQ WAR EXCEEDS PROJECTED $60 BILLION COST, SO FAR COSTS OVER $200 BILLION
OVER 35,000 RECORDED INSURGENT ATRACKS IN IRAQ IN 2005
9,000 INCREASE FROM 2004
51% OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF PRESIDENT KERRY
-DECEMBER 22, 2005
ISRAELI PM SHARON IN VEGETATIVE STATE AFTER STROKE
-JANUARY 4, 2006
US LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES INTO PAKISTAN
-JANUARY 13, 2006
PRESIDENT KERRY GIVES STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS-
JANUARY 30, 2006
In his State of the Union Address, the president called for a continued globalised fight against terrorism. He condemned 'extremists' and urged Congress to stop 'obstruction and blatant partisanship', urging the parties to work across the aisle. The president addressed immigration reform-lamenting its failure, global warming and energy independence, urging for increased use and investment in renewables. He called on Congress to pass a healthcare law that 'stops insurance companies from profiting off human misery' and makes health insurance 'universal, affordable for all.' Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida and brother to former president George W Bush gave the Republican response, condemning Kerry for 'partisanship and extremism' and urging the president to 'give the American people the governance and leadership they deserve.' This increased speculation among pundits that Jeb will run for president in 2008. If he ran, he would be the third president from the Bush family.
JUSTICE DAVID SOUTER WILL RETIRE FROM SUPREME COURT - FEBRUARY 1, 2005
WILL HIGH GAS PRICES, IRAQ WAR DOOM CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS?
FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN GREENSPAN LEAVES
AFRICAN-AMERICAN ROGER FERGUSON TO BECOME FED CHAIRMAN-JANUARY 31,2006
EXPERTS WORRIED ABOUT HOUSING BUBBLE GREENSPAN LEAVES&GOVERNMENT INACTION ON BUBBLE
SHI'ITE AL-ASKARI MOSQUE BOMBED-FEBRUARY 22, 2006
FEARS OF SECTARIAN VIOLENCE, REPORTS OF POGROMS
EXPERTS WARN OF 'IRAQI CIVIL WAR'
CONGRESS CONSIDERING BILL TO REGULATE HEALTH INSURERS
LIBERALS DERIDE BILL AS 'INEFFECTUAL', CALL FOR UNIVERSAL SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH INSURANCE
ANN WILLIAMS TO REPLACE SOUTER-MARCH 1, 2006
IRAQI FAMILY KILLED BY US SOLDIERS-MARCH 12, 2006
53% DISAPPROVE OF KERRY, 43% APPROVE-MARCH 13,2006
UK PM BLAIR TO RESIGN NEXT YEAR, LABOUR LEADS CONSERVATIVES-MARCH 21,2006
MASSACHUSETTS PASSES HEALTHCARE REFORM-APRIL 12,2006
MASS GOVERNOR ROMNEY POSSIBLE GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
NEW IRAQI ELECTIONS HELD
LOW TURNOUT AMID CIVIL WAR-APRL 15,2006
PROTESTS IN BROADWAY ON THIRD YEAR OF IRAQ WAR-APRIL 29,2006
CONGRESS PASSES HEALTHCARE MALPRACTICE REFORM-MAY 6,2006
MONTENEGRO DECLARES INDEPENDENCE AFTER REFERENDUM-june 3,2006
IRAQI AL-QAEDA LEADER ZARQAWI KILLED-JUNE 7, 2006
IBRAHIM AL-JAAFARI TO BE IRAQI PM-JUNE 10,2006
VIOLENCE IN BAGHDAD CONTINUES DESPITE US EFFORTS
US HOUSING BUBBLE DYING DOWN EXPERTS WARN OF POSIIBILITY OF RECESSION
WHITE HOUSE: THREAT OF RECESSION NONEXISTENT, MARKET ACTING NATURALLY
SADDAM HUSSEIN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING -NOVEMBER 5,2006
US MIDTERM ELECTIONS HELD-NOVEMEBER 6, 2006
REPUBLICANS HAVE 58 SENATE SEATS, 239 HOUSE SEATS
NEW SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MCCONNELL: KERRY IS NEW JIMMY CARTER-NOVEMBER 6, 2006
VIRGINIA SENATOR ALLEN RE-EECTED IN A LANDSLIDE!
NEW JERSEY SENATE SEAT GOES FOR GOP THOMAS KEAN JR
GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH(D-IL)LOSES RE-ELECTION
ELECTION TURNOUT HITS RECORD LOW
57% DISSPAROVE OF PRESIDENT KERRY'S JOB PERFORMANCE-NOVEMBER 9, 2006
IRAQI HEALTH SECRETARY KIDNAPPED
HUNDREDS KILLED IN SADR CITY BOMBINGS-NOVEMEBER 23,2006
COUP OCCURS IN FIJI-DECEMBER 5,2006
IRAQ STUDY GROUP RELEASES REPORT, SUPPORTS WITHDRAWAL-DECEMBER 6,2006
SENATOR GEORGE ALLEN ANNOUNCES RUN FR GOP NOMINATION-DECEMBER 19,2006
ETHIOPIA INVADES SOMALIA, ATTACKS ISLAMIST AL-SHABAAB GOVT-DECEMBER 23,2006
SADDAM HUSSEIN EXECUTED-DECEMBER 30,2006
MITT ROMNEY SETS UP EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE-JANUARY 3,2007
KERRY GIVES 2007 STATE OF THE UNION-JANUARY 23,2007
President Kerry gave his State of the Union address today. On domestic issues, he said he held out hope for 'comprehensive reform' in healthcare and immigration. He called for America to move from foreign oil dependence to renewable, green, sustainable technologies. Kerry also told Congress that 'the only proper course of action in Iraq is a devolution of responsibilities to Iraqi security forces' and said 'the United States does not have an interest in staying in Iraq. It is in the best interests of Iraq and the United States for Iraqis to choose their own future. This is the moment we have been waiting for'. The Republican response was given by New Jersey Senator Thomas Kean Junior.
320 KILLED IN BATTLE OF NAJAF-JANUARY 28,2007
ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE JOINS GOP FIELD-JANUARY 28,2007
PUNDITS WRITE OFF HUCKABEE BID
RUDY GIULIANI TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT-FEBRUARY 5, 2007
40,000 US TROOPS REPORTEDLY LEFT IN IRAQ
240 CASUALTIES IN BAGHDAD CAR BOMBINGS-FEBRUARY 12,2007
NORTH KOREA AGREES TO SHUT DOWN NUCLEAR FACILITIES FOR FOOD,ENERGY-FEBRUARY 13,2007
MITT ROMNEY ANNOUNCES RUN FOR PRESIDENCY-FEBRUARY 13,2007
BILL FRIST TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT-FEBRUARY 27,2007
ISRAELI PM OLMERT ADMITS INVASION OF LEBANON WAS PLANNED MONTHS AHEAD -MARCH 8,2007
TONY BLAIR TO RESIGN ON MAY 1-MARCH 9,2007
FORMER TN SENATOR FRED THOMPSON ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN-MARCH 11,2007
LIBERTARIAN RON PAUL TO RUN FOR REPUBLICAN NOMINATION-MARCH 12,2007
SECOND LADY ELIZABETH EDWARDS HAS MALIGNANT BREAST CANCER-MARCH 22,2007
JOHN EDWARDS TO REMAIN VICE-PRESIDENT
NEW CENTURY FINANCIAL-SUBPRIME MORTGAGE LENDERS-DECALRES CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY-MARCH 29,2007
UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED-APRIL 3,2007
SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN-APRIL 18,2007
DEMOCRATS APPLAUD 'DEFENSE OF CHOICE', REPUBLICANS LAMBAST 'ACTIVIST JUDGES'
GORDON BROWN ELECTED LEADER OF UK LABOUR PARTY-APRIL 20,2007
JOHN MCCAIN LAUNCHES PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN-APRIL 25,2007
CHALLENGE TO KERRY? RUMOURS OF PRIMARY CHALLENGER TO PRESIDENT, LITTLE TO BACK IT UP
IRAQ DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE
GEORGIA REPUBLICAN STRAW POLL WON BY FRED THOMPSON-MAY 20,2007
GIULIANI, MCCAIN WON'T CONTEST AMES STRAW POLL-JUNE 6,2007
SUPREME COURT RULES ISSUE ADS CAN BE BANNED IN BEFORE ELECTIONS-JUNE 25,2007
MCCAIN FACES FINACIAL PROBLEMS-JULY 2,2007
DONORS FLOCK TO ROMNEY
DOW JONES CLOSES ABOVE 14,000 FIRST TIME EVER-JULY 14,2007
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR AFGHANISTAN TROOP SURGE-JULY 18,2007
CONGRESS PASSES TROOP SURGE PLAN 60-39-AUGUST 1,2007
35W BRIDGE IN MINNESOTA COLLAPSES-AUGUST 1,2007
GORDON BROWN ANNOUNCES ALL BRITISH TROOPS TO LEAVE IRAQ BY JANUARY 2008-AUGUST 3,2007
AMERICAN HOME MORTGAGE GOES BANKRUPT-AUGUST 6,2007
PRESIDENT URGES $1 BILLION BAILOUT OF HOMEOWNERS SUFFERING IN SUBPRIME-MORTGAGE CRISIS-AUGUST 6,2007
BNP PARIBAS DISCOVERS TOXIC SUBPRIME SECURITIES-AUGUST 9,2007
WORLD FACING CREDIT CRUNCH, RECESSION APPROACHING
DOW JONES FALLS-AUGUST 9,2007
GEORGE ALLEN WINS NARROW VICTORY OVER ROMNEY IN AMES STRAW POLL-AUGUST 11,2007
HOMEOWNER BAILOUT BILL REJECTED BY CONGRESS-AUGUST 28,2007
ISRAELI RUMOURED TO HAVE BOMBED SYRIAN NUCLAR REACTOR-SEPTEMBER 6,2007
RUN ON UK BANK NORTHERN ROCK-SEPTEMBER 14,2007
SUPBRIME MORTGAGE CRISIS BLAMED
WILL NEWT RUN?
ASSASSIN SHOOTS IRAQI PM JAAFARI-SEPTEMBER 25,2007
JAAFARI SUFFERS ONLY MINOR INJURIES
HOME PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL
NEWT GINGRICH NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT-OCTOBER 3,2007
PUNDITS SAY ALLEN BENEFICIARY OF NO GINGRICH
DOW JONES REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH OF 14,189-OCTOBER 9,2007
FED CHAIRMAN FERGUSON EXPRESSES ALARM ABOUT HOUSING BUBBLE BURST-OCTOBER 10,2007
STEPHEN COLBERT TO RUN FOR GOP NOMINATION-OCTOBER 16,2007
FED LOWERS BASIS FUNDS RATE FROM 25 TO 4.5 BASIS POINTS-OCTOBER 31,2007
MONEY BOMB: RON PAUL RAISES $4.4 MILLION IN 1 DAY!-NOVEMBER 5,2007
RNC RULES 5 STATES WILL LOSE 50% OF THEIR DELEGATES-NOVEMBER 8,2007
YOU TUBE&CNN HOST GOP DEBATE-NOVEMBER 28,2007
MITT ROMNEY GIVES SPEECH ON HIS MORMON FAITH--DECEMBER 6,2007
IRAQ WAR OVER:LAST US TROOPS LEAVE IRAQ-DECEMBER 31,2007
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF? IRAQ COMPARED TO VIETNAM
REPUBLICANS CONDEMN WITHDRAWAL
US IS NOW IN A RECESSION
OVER 2 MILLION FORECLOSURES IN 2007, 75% INCREASE FROM 2006
IOWA CAUCUS A RESOUNDING VICTORY FOR GEORGE ALLEN-JANUARY 3,2008
ROMNEY RETAINS WIDE LEAD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE POLLS, BOASTS 'ECONOMIC EXPERTISE' AMID RECESSION
PRICE OF PETROL AT $103 A BARREL!-JANUARY 2,2008
ROMNEY EASILY WINS WYOMING CAUCUS-JANUARY 5,2008
60% OF AMERICANS DISAPPROVE OF PRESIDENT'S JOB PERFORMANCE-JANUARY 6,2008
MCCAIN LAGS BEHIND ROMNEY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
ROMNEY WINS 1-POINT VICTORY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE-JANUARY 8,2008
ROMNEY LEADS KERRY BY6 POINTS IN NATIONWIDE POLL
STOCK MARKET EXPERIENCING SEVERE DOWNTURN
MCCAIN DROPS OUT OF THE RACE, MAKES NO ENDORSEMENT-JANUARY 11,2008
ROMNEY WINS HOMESTATE OF MICHIGAN-JANUARY 13,2008
ROMNEY BOASTS ECONOMIC EXPERIENCE
REPORTS EMERGE OF OUTSOURCING, LAYOFFS BY ROMNEY AT BAIN CAPITAL
CAMPAIGN MOVES TO SOUTH CAROLINA
ALLEN LEADS SOUTH CAROLINA POLLS, FRIST, ROMNEY CLOSE BEHIND
ROMNEY WINS NEVADA, ALLEN WINS SOUTH CAROLINA-JANUARY 19,2008
BILL FRIST DROPS OUT-JANUARY 23, 2008
NAR(NATIONAL ASSOCIATON OF REALTORS) ANNOUNCES HOME SALES FELL THE MOST IN 25 YEARS-JANUARY 24,2008
ROMNEY WINS FLORIDA-JANUARY 29,2008
OPINION: REPUBICAN SPIN ON IRAQ IS 'KERRY SNACHED DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY'
ROMNEY SCORES VICTORY ON SUPER TUEDSAY-FEBRUARY 5,2008
ROMNEY NEEDS 476 DELEGATES FOR NOMINATION, ALLE NEEDS 987 MORE
WHO IS THE REAL ROMNEY?
OPINION: ROMNEY HASN'T ANSWERED ATTACKS CALLING HIM A FLIPFLOPPER
TROOP SURGE TO AFGHANISTAN AFTER LEAVING IRAQ-FEBRUARY 9,2008
NEW IMMIGRATION BILL GOES BEFORE CONGRESS-FEBRUARY 9,2008
REPUBLICANS CALL BILL 'CHEAP POLITICAL PLOY'
GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE TO RUN FOR ARKANSAS SENATE SEAT-FEBRAURY 11,2008
REPAUBLICANS HOPEFUL OF BEATING DEMOCRAT INCUMBENT MARK PRYOR
ALLEN ENDS CAMPAIGN, ROMNEY LOOKS SET TO BE NOMINEE-FEBRUARY 16,2008
KOSOVO DECALRES INDEPENDENCE-FEBRUARY 17,2008
TURKISH TROOPS MOVE INTO IRAQ, ATTACK KURDS-FEBRUARY 22,2008
PASKIATNI ELECTIONS HELD, GOVERNMENT CRUSHED-FEBRUARY 19,2008
NORTHERN ROCK TAKEN OVER BY UK GOVERNMENT-FEBRUARY 22,2008
US NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT BETWEEN IRAQ AND TURKEY-FEBRUARY 25,2008
ROMNEY HOLDS 3-POINT LEAD OVER KERRY-MARCH 2,2008
GEORGE W BUSH ENDORSES ROMNEY-MARCH 3,2008
BEAR STEARNS FACES BANKRUPTCY-MARCH 14,2008
WILL THE WALL STREET GIANT BE BAILED OUT?
GOVERNMENT BAILOUT SEES BEAR STEARNS SOLD TO JP MORGAN-MARCH 14,2008
UNEMPLOYMENT RISES TO 5.1%, ECONOMY ENTERS RECESSION
THREAT OF FORECLOSURE STALKS MILLIONS AS HOUSING MARKET CRASHES
NANCY REAGAN ENDORSES ROMNEY-MARCH 28,2008
IRAQI CIVIL WAR IN STALEMATE
AL-QAEDA, SHI'ITE MILITIAS, KURDS&GOVERNMENT ALL CONTROL PORTIONS OF IRAQ
ROMNEY GAFFE"I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE UNEMPLOYED, I CARE ABOUT STRUGGLING WORKING AMERICANS."-APRIL 6,2008
KERRY REPLICATES GAFFE"MOST AMERICANS AREN'T STRUGGLING"-APRIL 20,2008
GENERAL MOTORS TO LAYOFF WORKERS DUE TO RECESSION-APRIL 28,2008
ROMNEY, KERRY BOTH CLAIM TO BE 'FRIEND OF AUTO INDUSTRY'
POSSIBLE ROMNEY VPS:
Christine Todd Whitman
CALIFORNIA LEGALISES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE-MAY 15,2008
WILL THE 2008 CAMPAIGN SEE GAY MARRIAGE AS A MUCH OF AN ISSUE AS IN 2004?
MUGABE WINS 85.5% OF VOTE IN CONTROVERSIAL ELECTION-27 JUNE,2008
230 CASUALTIES IN BOMBING OF INDIA'S KABUL EMBASSY-JULY 7,2008
16 KILLED IN ATTACK IN KASHGAR, CHINA-4 AUAGUST,2008
ROMNEY SELECTS SENATOR JOHN THUNE(R-SD)AS VP-AUGUST 16,2008
KERRY APPROVAL RATING AT 38%-AUGUST 21,2008
FIGHTING ERUPTS IN EASTERN SYRIA
AL-QAEDA SEIZES BORDER TOWNS
DNC HELD; AL GORE, TED KENNEDY, KERRY&THE CLINTONS TRY TO RALLY DEMOCRATS-AUGUST 28,2008
2008 RNC: GOP READY TO BATTLE-SEPTEMBER 4,2008
ROMNEY/THUNE TICKET RETAINS POLL LEAD
LEHMAN BROTHERS FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY-SEPTEMBER 11,2008
STOCK MARKET TUMBLES, TREASURY PROPOSES WALL STREET BAILOUT
ROMNEY REMAINS SILENT ON BAILOUT PLAN, BOOASTS 'ECONOMIC EXPERIENCE'
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE HELD, ROMNEY SEEN AS WINNER
ROMNEY &KERRY BOTH BACK BAILOUT
ROMNEY ENJOYS 6-POINT LEAD IN LATEST POLL
GOP CONSERVATIVES DEFY WALL STREET'S PLEAS, DEFEAT BAILOUT-SEPTEMBER 29, 2008
DOW JONES SHEDS 797 POINTS IN HUGE CRASH!-SEPTEMBER 29,2008
TARP BAILOUT PASSES SECOND TIME ROUND-OCTOBER 6,2008
PUBLIC FURIOUS AT BAILING OUT 'UNDESERVING BANKERS'
KERRY RE-ELECTION BID IN DEEP TROUBLE: ROMNEY PULLS AHEAD TO SOLID LEAD IN POLLS
VOTERS BLAME PRESIDENT FOR FINANCIAL CRISIS, UNPOPULAR BAILOUTS
MITCH MCCONNELL: KERRY'S BIG GOVERNMENT, SPENDING CRASHED ECONOMY
NEW POLL SHOWS 56% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE PRESIDENT KERRY'S ECONOMIC POLICIES ARE WRONG
ROMNEY-KERRY SPAR IN SECOND DEBATE, ROMNEY COMES OUT AS WINNER-OCTOBER 7, 2008
REPORTS SAY IRANIAN TROOPS ARE NOW IN IRAQ-OCTOBER 10, 2008
PRESIDENT KERRY CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS STIMULUS BILL TO SAVE ECONOMY-OCTOBER 11, 2008
KERRY: THE STAKES ARE VERY HIGH, IF WE MAKE THE WRONG CHOICE, WE FACE DIRE CONSEQUENCES
ROMNEY PROMISES BILLIONS IN TAX CUTS IF ELECTED, SAYS KERRY'S REGULATIONS, 'BIG GOVERNMENT ATTACKS ON FREE ENTERPRISE AND TAX AND SPEND LIBERALISM' HAVE CAUSED CRISIS-OCTOBER 12, 2008
REPUBLICANS POINT TO HIGH DEBT TO BLAME KERRY, CLAIM DEMOCRATS AND BIG GOVERNMENT FUELLED HOUSING CRISIS, RESULTING CRASH
KERRY: ROMNEY IS WRONG, WALL STREET GREED CAUSED CRISIS-OCTOBER 13, 2008
ROMNEY RUNNING MATE THUNE: STOP THE CLASS WARFARE!
FINAL DEBATE UNEVENTFUL, ROMNEY CRITICISES 'AWFUL FAILURE' ON IRAQ, KERRY SAYS 'I DID NOT WANT TO ASK ANY MORE MEN TO DIE FOR A MISTAKE'-OCTOBER 15, 2008
CNN POLL: 50% ROMNEY, 45% KERRY-OCTOBER 17, 2008
OCTOBER SURPRISE: WHITE HOUSE INTERN SAYS SHE IS PREGNANT WITH VICE-PRESIDENT'S CHILD!-OCTOBER 22, 2008
KERRY DEFENDS VP: JOHN EDWARDS IS A GOOD AND DECENT MAN-OCTOBER 23, 2008
MEDIA FIRESTORM INFLAMES JOHN EDWARDS, DISGUST EXPRESSED AT EDWARDS CHEATING ON CANCER-STRICKEN WIFE
EDWARDS DENIES CHEATING ALLEGATIONS, 'TABLOID TRASH' HE SAYS-OCTOBER 24, 2008
EDWARDS MISTRESS LOUISA HART RELEASES VICE-PRESIDENT'S LEWD TEXTS TO MEDIA-OCTOBER 25, 2008
MITT ROMNEY: JOHN EDWARDS' BEHAVIOR IS DESPICABLE, HE SHOULD BE FIRED-OCTOBER 25, 2008
EDWARDS ADMITS AFFAIR, DENIES FATHERING LOVECHILD-OCTOBER 27, 2008
VICE-PRESIDENT AND ELIZABETH EDWARDS SEPERATE-OCTOBER 28, 2008
UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPS FROM 6.4% TO 6.9% IN 1 MONTH, ECONOMY SHRINKS BY 8%!-NOVEMBER 1, 2008
JOHN KERRY DECLINES TO SACK EDWARDS, HOPES TO AVOID EDWARDS ISSUE, SAYS 'THE TOP OF THE TICKET IS WHAT MATTERS'-NOVEMBER 1, 2008
POLL SHOWS 62% OF AMERICANS THINK KERRY SHOULD DUMP JOHN EDWARDS FROM TICKET
LEAK SHOWS KERRY ADVISED BY LEADING DEMOCRATS TO SACK EDWARDS
MITT ROMNEY SAYS KERRY'S PICK OF EDWARDS 'SHOWS BAD JUDGEMENT'
FINAL POLLS SHOW MITT ROMNEY WITH NEARLY INSURMOUNTABLE LEAD, CLOSE TO DOUBLE-DIGIT LEADS IN OHIO & FLORIDA-NOVEMBER 3, 2008
CNN/USA POLL: 51% ROMNEY, 45% KERRY
KERRY: IF I LOSE, I LOSE
2008 election results:
Romney/Thune: 326 electoral votes 51.95% of the popular vote
Kerry/Edwards: 212 electoral votes 46.53% of the popular vote
Incumbent President: John Forbes Kerry
President-Elect: Willard Mitt Romney
The 2008 election, as expected, was a resounding rejection of President Kerry. The financial crisis, Iraq, Katrina, gas prices, congressional gridlock, all these ensured that John Kerry would not be able to enjoy a successful presidency. That was along with the October Surprise, when in mid-October 2008 Vice-President Edwards was revealed to have cheated on his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth Edwards with a White House intern, and the intern was revealed to be pregnant. The last few weeks of the campaign saw the last hope of the Democrats be crushed in the Edwards scandal.
The election saw turnout decrease from 2004 to 59.5%. Voters expressed a strong dislike and anger at their politicians and government. The election was a rejection of Kerry, whose approval ratings languished in the mid-30s as the economy rapidly went into freefall and the civil war in Iraq spread to violence in Syria and Iranian troops were reported to be in Iraq. The only surprising thing was that the rejection was not even bigger. In the Senate the seat count remained the same with 58 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 Independent. In Arkansas, former Governor Mike Huckabee brought down sitting Democrat Senator Mark Pryor, and Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu was also taken down. The Republicans dominated the governorships, with 33 Republican governors to 17 Democrats. In the House 249 seats went to the Republicans, a gain of 9 seats from in 2006, giving the party huge-but not filibuster proof- congressional majorities.
Still, with the nation facing the worst financial crisis since the Great depression the Republicans did not have much to celebrate. President-Elect Romney and his team could only hope that this was not another 2004, an election they'd have been best to lose. They would soon find out.
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