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February 4, 2004

Period 8

Webquest Questions

1. An election is the process by which people vote for the candidate or proposal of their choice. 2. In the United States, we have a democratic republic, which allows us to engage in the election process. 3. A presidential caucus is any gathering of individuals to nominate candidates for office or to endorse a policy or program. 4. A primary election is a way to select candidates to run for an office.  In a primary election, a political party holds an election among its own members to choose a person who will represent it in the coming general election. 5. New Jersey holds a presidential primary, which is held on June 8 th, 2004. 6. At the conclusion of the conventions the major announcements will be the nominees for different offices, such as vice president or president. 7. The Republicans will meet in the city of Philadelphia. 8. The city where the Democrats will convene is in Los Angeles.

9. There are two main methods of choosing which delegate candidates will attend the convention as delegates by the states.. They are the primary election system (popular election) and the caucus-convention system (sate party convention) selection. Delegates support their choice for President and Vice President based on their groups interests by waving banners and cheering wildly.

10. The Electoral College is a group of representatives chosen by the voters of each state to elect the president and vice president of the United States. The U.S. Constitution created the Electoral College.

11. The reason the Electoral College was established is because the manner of electing the president was a major problem at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The convention didnt want Congress to elect the president or want the people to elect him. They agreed on indirect popular election, which became the Electoral College.

12. Popular vote is the number of votes represented by voters or the people.

13. Its possible that a president can win the popular vote and lose the election because the candidate who wins the highest number of a state’s popular votes usually receives all the state’s electoral votes. A candidate may be elected to the presidency without a majority of the popular votes since the Electoral College can vote independently.

14. The incumbent in the 2004 election is President George W. Bush.

15. The candidates presently (excluding those dropped out of the race-Joe Lieberman, Carol Moseley Braun, and Dick Gephardt) campaigning to be selected as the Democratic nominee include Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, John Kerry, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, and Al Sharpton.

16. The two candidates who formerly served in the military include John Kerry and Wesley Clark.

17. In 1996, Wesley Clark was promoted to the rank of four-star general.

18. The candidates who support the war in Iraq include John Kerry, John Edwards, and Joe Lieberman while those that oppose the war include Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, Al Sharpton, and Dennis Kucinich.

19. Three major issues being addressed by the candidates include the economy, the war in Iraq, and homeland security.

20. Al Sharpton believes in sponsoring a Voting Rights Amendment to the Constitution. 21. John Kerry made the slogan 100 Days to Change America, and he is laying out specifically the steps he believes should be taken, the changes he will make and the issues he will fight for in the early days of a Kerry Presidency.

22. Dennis Kucinich thinks ending NAFTA would create more jobs for Americans. NAFTA stands for North American Free Trade Agreement.

23. Johns Edwards was the first one in his family to attend college and is proposing a bill which would allow students to attend freshman year free at a public college is he/she is willing to work part-time. His reason for wanting to sponsor this bill was because he had struggled from hard times as a child education-wise. 24. Howard Dean is a medical doctor who is a M.D. 25. Joe Lieberman ran for Vice-president as Al Gores running mate in 2000.

26. I think John Kerry will capture the Democratic nomination at the convention because already, he is currently the leading candidate based on votes. He seems the most suitable democratic nominee to battle Bush and hes had past political experience through being the Massachusetts lieutenant governor and a U.S. Senator. Also, Kerry is a Vietnam veteran and has agreeable and logical positions on all the issues.

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