Presidential Elections 2008 (CWR)

Course Web Page - Gina Burkart

Democratic Party Candidates

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

Official Senate website: http://obama.senate.gov/

Campaign website: http://www.barackobama.com/index.php

Washington Post website – links related to Barack Obama

New York Times website – links related to Barack Obama

Senator Joe Biden (D-DE)

Official Senate website: http://biden.senate.gov/

Campaign website: http://www.barackobama.com/learn/meet_joe.php

New York Times website - links related to Biden

Democratic National Convention Speeches: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/conventions/videos/dems.html

Republican Party Candidates

Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

Official Senate website: http://mccain.senate.gov/public/

  • Click on “Issues and Legislation” from menu on home page
    • “Issues” will show all press releases from McCain’s office regarding a specific issue
    • “Legislation” lists all bills that McCain has sponsored recently
      • Click on bill number (i.e. S.Res.70) to see more information
  • Speech Archive: http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressOffice.Speeches  (Speeches through 2007)

Campaign website: http://www.johnmccain.com/

Washington Post website – links related to John McCain

New York Times website – links related to John McCain

Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK)

Official state website: http://gov.state.ak.us/

Campaign website: http://www.johnmccain.com/about/governorpalin.htm

New York Times website - links related to Sarah Palin

Note: Sarah Palin does not have a voting record because she has only held executive positions in the state of Alaska.

Republican National Convention Speeches: http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/conventions/videos/gop.html

Articles, Fact Checking and Voting Records

Lexis Nexis Academic & America’s Newspapers (Databases A-Z from library home page)

  • Major U.S. and World Publications, can limit by state
  • Television and radio transcripts

Lexis Nexis Congressional (Databases A-Z from library home page)

  • Voting Records of Senators
    • Select Members and Committees from left hand side menu
    • Enter name and select “Floor Votes” or “Key Votes”
    • Will give you a voting profile for each individual Congress
    • Click on a profile and you will see how candidate voted on specific bill on the left hand side of the screen as well as a link to the bill
  • Congressional Record (Transcript of comments made on floor of Senate or House)
    • Click on “Daily Congressional Record and Rules” on left hand side of screen
    • You can search the Congressional Record by a subject or keyword (i.e. economy) AND limit your results to who was speaking on the floor (i.e. McCain, Obama, Biden)
    • You can tell who is speaking in the Congressional Record by the fact that it will say “Mr. OBAMA.”, for example

FactCheck.org (Annenberg Political Fact Check, UPenn): http://factcheck.org/

  • Nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics

Politifact (St. Petersburg Times and CQ): http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/

  • PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, both independent sources, to help find the truth in the presidential campaign.

Other Sources of Information

Transcripts

Google Government: http://www.google.com/ig/usgov

  • This will search all local, state, and federal government websites, military websites and government related websites.