Is anyone else sick of this election? Back in 2004, I was exhausted by the time the big day came, but I don’t think I was as fed up back then as I am now. How long has the campaigning been going on?
I did a bit of research and found that Senator Obama announced his candidacy on February 10, 2007. That’s over a year and half of speeches and kissing babies. John McCain has been on the trail nearly as long. The Arizona senator announced his candidacy on April 25, 2007. Senator Clinton was the earliest to throw her hat in the ring. She started running on January 20, 2007.
Such long amounts of time seem excessive, so I checked to see if the timeframe is really getting longer or if it’s just my fatigued imagination. Turns out I’m not crazy. Al Gore, who ran for president in 2000, announced his candidacy on June 16, 1999. President Bush announced his candidacy at roughly the same time, in June of ’99. That’s several months later than Senators Obama and McCain.
In 2004, things were a bit different. George W. Bush was an incumbent so his candidacy was simply assumed. Senator Kerry, who ran unsuccessfully against the President, announced his candidacy in December of 2002. Howard Dean, best remembered for his “Dean scream,” was the earliest into the pool. He announced that he had formed an exploratory committee on May 31, 2002. That’s about two and a half years before the election. I don’t have all the stats in front of me, but that’s gotta be a record.
So, while it seems like the Obama-McCain campaign has gone on forever, things were worse in years past. Still, like a lot of you, I’ll be glad when it’s over. I can finally enjoy a few weeks of peace and quiet before the race for 2012 begins.
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