By Dan Balz, Haynes Johnson
The election of 2008 shattered political limitations, illuminated undercurrents of race, gender, and sophistication, and ignited a unprecedented conflict between one of the most bold opponents ever to hunt the presidency in Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. It used to be an election that performed out opposed to a backdrop of warfare, financial cave in, and deep pessimism concerning the destiny. Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson this crusade from the applicants’ first forays into Iowa and New Hampshire to the historical evening of Obama’s victory occasion. they provide behind-the-scenes information of turning issues just like the beautiful endorsement of Obama by means of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. They probe the strategic error of the Clinton crusade and the tale in the back of Obama’s leap forward association. They forged in new gentle McCain’s fight for survival within the Republican primaries, his number of Sarah Palin as his operating mate, and the industrial meltdown that ensured Obama’s victory. unique interviews with the applicants and their best strategists produce intimate pics of Obama, Clinton, and McCain lower than tension through the longest and most costly presidential crusade in American historical past. Balz and Johnson additionally circulate far flung the crusade path to hear electorate in battleground states exhibit their deep anxieties concerning the darkening financial system and the demanding situations dealing with the us. This audiobook is a riveting account of the way this election not just marked a brand new period in American politics but in addition provided a attempt of ancient proportions at a watershed second for our country.
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Q: Yet it seems like some of your campaign staff got their hands on the liquor. How can you justify the spending that went on? MCCAIN: Well, I’ve fought wasteful spending for a very long period of time, and I’m fighting this, and when I see mistakes, I correct them. Q: You talked a little bit earlier about the mistakes in the campaign, and you’re taking blame for any mistakes that were made. MCCAIN: I’m not taking, quote, blame, I’m taking responsibility. . That’s the way I was brought up in the military.
Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America—there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and a Latino America and an Asian America—there’s the United States of America. The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states; red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states.
He has a dynastic name too. His father, George, was a popular Republican governor of Michigan and a leading GOP presidential candidate in 1968. Romney’s religion poses an obstacle. In a party dominated by conservative southern evangelicals, can a Mormon ever win? Conservative credentials are not the problem for Mike Huckabee, the former governor from Arkansas. Like Bill Clinton, he can boast of having come from a town called Hope. He has a warm and winning personality, and conservative views. But nobody takes him seriously.