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 BUSH
If 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.
COLOMBIAN REBEL LEADER/DRUG LORD SIMON TRINIDAD EXTRADITED TO US
GOVERNOR ROMNEY APPOINTS THOMAS REILLY TO KERRY’S SENATE SEAT
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
KERRY APPROVAL RATING AT 54%
PRESIDENT PASSES EXCUTIVE ORDER FUNDING STEM CELL RESEARCH
IRAQI ELECTIONS POSTPONED FOR "SECURITY REASONS"
REPUBLICANS LAMBAST KERRY ON IRAQ
KERRY 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-
LANDMARK SUPREME COURT DECISION ENDS EXECUTION OF MINORS
ENVIRONMENTALIST BROWNER CONFIRMED-MARCH 3,2005
NEW BIN LADEN TAPE MOCKS 'COWARDLY INFIDEL'-
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
INSURGENCY IN BALOCHISTAN!-MARCH 8,2005PAKISTANI REGION SEES FIRST INSURGENCY SINCE 1978
KERRY APPROVAL RATING AT 49%, 47% DISAPPROVE
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
FLOWERS BLOSSOM IN KYRGYZSTAN'S TULIP REVOLUTION-
TAIWANESE PROTEST AGAINST CHINA
PRESIDENT KERRY VISITS TAIWAN, CALLS FOR CALM BETWEEN NATIONS
POPE JOHN PAUL II DIES-
CATHOLIC KERRY COMMEMORATES POPE
US TROOPS FEND OFF ASSAULT ON ABU GHRAIB BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH
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
NEW VIDEO WEBSITE EMERGES
- APRIL 23,2005
SYRIANS BOOTED OUT OF LEBANON
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
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
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
WAR OF WORDS TO CONTINUE: MEASURE TO END SENATE DEBATE ON IMMIGRATION FAILS
CLOTURE FAILS AGAIN
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'
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.
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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
3 SEALS, 16 SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCE SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
60% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE INVADING IRAQ WAS WRONG DECISION
LIVE 8 CONCERTS HELD
TERROR STRIKES LONDON-
JULY 7,2005PRESIDENT SAYS 'THIS EVIL WILL NOT STAND'
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY ALLEGES KERRY WEAKNESS CAUSED ATTACKS
WHITE HOUSE CONDEMS DELAY, SAYS HE 'POLITICISED TRAGEDY'
ISLAMIC JIHAD KILLS CIVILIANS IN NETANYA,ISRAEL
RESORT TOWN IN EGYPT BOMBED BY TERRORISTS
ISRAEL PULLS SETTLERS OUT OF GAZA, ENDS OCCUPATION OF GAZA STRIP
GOVERNMENT DECLARES LOUISIANA A DISASTER AREA IN FACE OF HURRICANE-AUGUST 28,2005
HURRICANE KATRINA MAKES LANDFALL ON NEW ORLEANS
KATRINA BURSTS LEVEES, NEW ORLEANS DROWNED
FEMA DIRECTOR CRAIG FUGATE PLEDGES 'SWIFT ACTION'
DISASTER IN NEW ORLEANS AS STRANDED CITIZENS BEG FOR HELP
US SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST DIES
PRESIDENT KERRY INVOKES INSURRECTION ACT, TROOPS ENTER NEW ORLEANS TO RESTORE ORDER
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-
NOVEMBER 8,2005 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
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?
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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.