I Know It's Early

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I think 2008 will be the first time in over 50 years that we will have neither an incumbent President nor incumbent Vice President as one of the two major party nominees for the Presidency. In 1952, when Harry Truman was President, Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson ran against General Dwight Eisenhower. That was the last time it happened.

In 1956, President Eisenhower ran; in 1960, VP Nixon ran; 1964, President Kennedy; 1968, VP Hubert Humphrey; 1972, President Nixon; 1976, President Ford; 1980, President Carter; 1984, President Reagan; 1988, VP Bush; 1992, President Bush; 1996, President Clinton; 2000, VP Gore; 2004, President Bush.

Huh, only once did a sitting VP win election in that time, 1988.

Anyway, Bush can't run, and Cheney won't. So unless we get a new President or VP in the next few years, we will not have an incumbent, which might make both fields more wide open than any of us have ever seen. Although, 1968 and 1976 were fairly open, and Hillary may lock up the nomination very early this time around.

This is early to talk about I guess, but debates begin in about two years (the first Democratic debates for the 2004 election were conducted around May or June 2003). slashdot.org

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