Friday, July 25, 2008

Possible VP Annoucement

A major rumor hitting political circles this week is that GOP nominee Sen. John McCain would announce his Vice Presidential running mate. Many speculate that he will announce his VP on Sunday after Democratic nominee Barack Obama returns from his oversees trip and before the start of the Olympic games. If he announces during the Olympics there is a possibility an athlete’s accomplishment or human right protests could over shadow the announcement. He could announce after the games; however, that is when the Democrats will be meeting in Denver for their Convention. So an announcement might happen sooner then anticipated. McCain is adding fuel to the fire and being coy with the media on the topic.
This leads to the next big question: who will share the ticket with him?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Battleground States

Like in most Presidential elections, it seems that in 2008 a few key states will decide the outcome. This year’s map of battleground states contains familiar swing states from years past such as Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa. The states of the Rust Belt have been in play for the last several elections and will continue to be. There are new areas that are opening up on the electoral map like the Southwest, and states like Colorado. Colorado’s strong Hispanic concentration will make immigration policy an important issue. Conservatives can use issues like gun rights to their advantage. The South is also looking to be more of a toss up in states like Virginia and South Carolina. Both states have a large African-American communities and that has opened up the state for a possible Obama win. Both states have been traditional Republican strongholds.