2008 election most wide-open race since 1928

Time magazine has dubbed the 2008 presidential election the most wide-open race since 1928

the first race in 80 years without an incumbent President or Vice President on primary ballots


famous quote of then-sitting President Coolidge:
"I do not choose to run for President in 1928."

as for Vice President Charles Dawes, Coolidge hated him and made sure he wouldn't be considered for the Republican Party's nomination

well-liked Commerce Secretary Herbert Clark Hoover won the GOP convention votes overwhelmingly

New York governor Alfred Emmanuel Smith of the Democratic Party had little chance in the general election, his being Catholic and all


CANDIDATES FOR THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
as of February 1, 2007

Democratic candidates who've filed with the Federal Election Commission
  • Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut
  • Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina
  • Former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska
  • Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio (still rhymes with 'spinach')
  • Former Governor Tom Vilsack of Iowa
  • Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York

Democrats who've formed exploratory committees:
  • Senator Joe Biden of Delaware
  • Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York
  • Senator Barack Obama of Illinois
  • Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico

Democrats who've expressed interest:
  • Retired General Wesley Clark of Arkansas
  • Reverend Al Sharpton of New York


Republican candidates who've filed with the FEC
  • Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas
  • John H. Cox of Illinois - professional political candidate who's not won anything; first to file (March 2006)
  • Representative Duncan Hunter of California
  • Michael Charles Smith of Oregon - moderate, no political experience

Republicans who've formed exploratory committees:
  • Former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia
  • Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York
  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas
  • Senator John McCain of Arizona
  • Representative Ron Paul of Texas
  • Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts
  • Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado
  • Former Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin

Republicans who've expressed interest:
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia
  • Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska
  • Former Governor George Pataki of New York