On July 24, presidential candidate Barack Obama arrived in Berlin in a stop sandwiched between visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories beforehand, and subsequent stops in Paris and London before heading back to the United States.
In the three cover-story articles that are linked to on this page, we profile the top three heavyweights for president. On the Democratic side, Barack Obama appears to be the probable nominee, but Hillary Clinton is still in the running and neither candidate is expected to gain enough pledged delegates to lock up the nomination. On the Republican side, John McCain already has the delegates he needs to win.
While much of the nation’s political attention this summer and fall will be focused on the presidential election, voters will once again determine the makeup of the legislative branch, electing the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate. While we can’t cover all 435 House races, we offer here a brief look at a small sampling of the interesting candidates, issues, and races in this year’s elections.
With a letter sent to supporters on June 12, and with a speech delivered at a rally coinciding with the Texas GOP convention in Houston that same day, Congressman Ron Paul ended his campaign for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party. He did not win any primaries, but he got 24 percent of the vote in Idaho (his best showing in a primary) and about 1.2 million votes overall.
Thanks to the alternative news media, many conservatives are familiar by now with some aspects of Senator Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) Global Poverty Act of 2007 (S. 2433). Although this bill should definitely be opposed, some misunderstandings have arisen regarding exactly what the bill calls for.
Although Senator John McCain has been the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee since early March, Congressman Ron Paul has continued his campaign for president. “Victory in the conventional political sense is not available in the presidential race,” Paul told his supporters in March. Yet he also said that “many victories have been achieved.... The most significant achievement of our months of dedicated efforts has been the degree to which the message of liberty has spread.”
At its April 24-27 national convention in Kansas City, the Constitution Party nominated Florida pastor/political activist Charles O. “Chuck” Baldwin as its candidate for president of the United States. Baldwin received 383.8 votes to 125.7 garnered by Maryland’s Alan Keyes and a few given to minor candidates. During the proceedings, hundreds of delegates from across the nation heard speeches from a slate of seven candidates and also from party founder Howard Phillips, conservative activist Richard Viguerie, Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt, popular author Jerome Corsi, and myself.