George w bush narowly defeated vice president al gore. His first year was tumultuous. Following attacks on the twin towers, the pentagon and a thawted third attack, the us waged a war on terror. He invaded Afghanistan. Using the war on terror as a pretext he invaded iraq and overthrew sadem housane. The war in iraq although scesfull at first went sour and so did the popurity of the president.
With the unpopularity of the war, the democraric party hopped to capitalize on it. The problem was manny of the up and comers voted for the use of force against iraq. Many wanted someone who had stood against the war in iraq from the beginning.
In his book,”dude wheres my country”,micheal more sugested running oprah winfrey against w. Winfrey had no interest in runing. While more kept trying to get Oprah to run. He qietly looked for an alternative. A friend of his sugested a name that blew his mind. More lived the idea. He seemed to be someone who fit the bill.
More started a movement to draft a man who once had served as president. Jimmy carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Carter lost to ronald reagen. Carter had focused his post presidency on humiterian and diplomatic work.he had been called a great x president.
Carter was reluctant to run. Draft carter movement grew in populerity. Former national secuity advisor zivignew brasinski joined the bandwagon. Even henry kissenger joined the fray. Al gore said he should run.
Carter feared it might hurt his legacy. A legacy he worked so hard to build up folowering the defeat in 1980. If he lost he would lose his effectiveness as a global satesman and demicratic party elder. The dnc started urging him to run.
On april 17, 2003, jimmy carter declared that he was indeed runing for president. Former vermont governor Howard deen droped out. He endorsed carter. Bill clinton endorsed carter. Clinton pledged the clinton machine to his disposal.
Dnc chair terry mcalife tried to clear the field . senator john kery wanted to run. He was angery at carter. The demicratic party did not want a masive primary fight. Kery tried to get the number two slot but the president did not want to tie his hands.
In his book, the triumphent return, carter said that he had already decided on a short list of vp before he entered. He wanted either new mexico governor bill richardson, x indiana rep lee hamilton, new Hampshire senator jeen shaheen or wasington senator marea cantwell. He was leening towards richardson.
Kerry who considered by gore in 2000. Manny democrats were mad that kerry voted for the Iraq war. Carter did not want to pick someone who voted for iraq war. He did not want to alienate thr howard deen wing of the party. He feared deen or someone like him might go third party and bush might win by default.
Kerry suspected that carter might just be toying with a run. Kerry thought if he pushed carter, he might drop out.the party tried to qietly convince kerry not to enter the race. Kerry tried to hoped for sec of sate. Carter said that he would consider him for sec of sate.
In a private meeting, kerry assured kerry that he was running. He asdured him that he was in it to win it. Kerry decided to anounce that he was not running. Kerry knew that he was probably never going to be president.
Kerry went into a slump. He felt like the legs were kicked out from under him. Kerry beleved he could have gotten the nomination. He believed that even with iraq hqnging around his neck, he could still have won. Kerry knew he was not going to be vp. The best he could hope for was posibly a cabinent post .
Senator john Edwards was called bi clinton number two. He had been considered a serious contender. Carter got the endirsement of former governor jim hunt and curent governor mike easly. Edwards hoped for runing mate but he had been eliminated from consideration. Edwards decided to not run for president. Carter promised to do everything he could to get Edwards relected to thr senate.
Dick gaphardt,former house minority leader wanted to run. He had formed an exploratory comitee. He moved closer to runing even as carter got in. Gaphardt decided not to run against carter. He droped out.
Joe Lieberman had unseated moderate to liberal republican lowel weiker in 1988. He had been an obscure senator. He comdemed bill clinton for his actions but denonced inoeachment. Gore chose him as a runing mate hoping to distence himself from the clinton scandle. Liberman refused to denounce the war in iraq. His platform was fightibg the war on terror better. On April 29th he formerly anounced hid canadacy.
Carter opponents for the nomination were liberman, former congreswomen and ambassador to new zealand carole mosley braun congressman dennis kucinich, and former alasca senator mikr graval. Liberman was careful in his attacks on carter. He confined it to policy. Carter pushed Liberman to the right. Carter looked like a responsible centrist. A pro carter pac ran an add comparing Liberman with w. The add labeled liberman diet bush.
While carter feared opposition within the democratic party, the nostly token opposition banefited him. The debates made him look presidential. He looked like a centrist. President bush apearently told carl rove that “his goose was cooked.”
Carter won iowa, new Hampshire and was able to wrap up the nomination in record time. By April he had enough deligates to sicure the nomination. He could focus on the general election.
Carter worked to gain control of the democratic party apparatus. Carter assembled an elete campagn staff. His v.p canidates tried out on sunday shows and cable tv.
Pols in may of 2004 showed carter with a 60-40 lead over president bush. No one thought that would hold. Carter aides said that pold would tighten. The war in Iraq continued to sour. Republican started to fear a landslide defeat for the president. They also feared it could adversly affect the downticket.
Some in the republican party qietly looked at replqcing bush on the ticket. There was some presue for him to bow out. Some hoped w might sack dick chaney. Many urged him to offer the vice presidential slot to colin powel. Powel was considering endorsing carter. He had made it clear he would probably not serve as secretary of sate in the second term. Bush made it clear that chaney would be his ruining mate not matter what.
Brent scowcroft the former national secuity advisor to george h.w bush endorsed carter. Henry kisinger endorsed carter and along with zibignew brasinki chared the foregn policy arm of the campagn. X new jersy governor tom keen who chared the 911 commission endorsed carter. Christine tod Whitman who had served as e.p.a admibistrator to president george w bush endorsed carter. She headed up carter’s efort to attract miderate and disaffected republican and independents.
Republican party elders and doners looked into a replacement for the president. Names like senate mojority leader bill frist, newt gungrich, dan qayle,rudy gulianie, condiliza rice or john Mccain. Someonr even sugested revruting the elder george bush to run. It was decifed to let bush run. A carter victory would only be a minor setback. Carter would not be eligible to run in 2008. If bush lost the party could go though a rebuild process.
Senator linkon chafe of road island switched parties to independent. The republican mojority of 52 seats was ruduced to 51. Senator chuck hagel of nebrasca endorsed carter but continued to caucuses with the republicsns. Ohio governor bob taft endorsed carter. Taft pledged to do all he could to deliver ohio for carter.
Bush saw his grasp on power sliping away. He was desprate for a way to change the naririve. He made a suprise visit to bagdad. He met with the interem government. On the same day Iranian president hotamie made a suprise visit to pyongyang .he met with kim jong ill in what was dubed the kiss seen round the world. Bush”s visit was not even an after thought. While the visit between the two leaders was a photo op with no agrements it looked bad. New york times front page headline said the axis strikes back.
During the summer, former president ronald reagen died. This brought attention to the reagen carter election of 1980. While bush was catefull not to politicize the funeral the contrast between the carter and Reagan presidentcy were made. Bush was benefiting indirectly from all of the attention made to the 40th president.
A plane was flying in restricted airspace. The capital and surpreme court building was put on lock down. F-15 were dispatched. The plane refused to turn back and did not respond. The plane was schot down. There were no survors. As it turns out the plane was transporting kyintucky governor eaenie fkecher to dc for the reagen furneral. The plane malfunctioned. The bush administration looked like they had an itchy trigger finger.
Of course conspiracy theories abounded. An imqury chared by mitch mcconnel and paul e patten determined that because there was no radio contact while ill advised it was a resonible response. It was publicity president bush did not want.
Carter had rulled out Washington senator marea cantwell. He wanted to consider a female canidate. Jeen shaheen of new hampshire was elected to the senate after the use of force resolution against Iraq was passed. She defeated republican senator bob smith in the 02 midterms.
He added denis kukinich to hos list of vp nominies and dick gaphardt. Top ades urged him not to pick either. Both were eliminated from considerations. Marcy kaptur of Ohio was vetted but eliminated from consideration. The short list was whittled down to four.
This was lee Hamilton of indiana, tenisee governor phil bredeson, Jeen shaheen or bill richardson. Sources have said that richardson was his dream canidate from day one of his decision to run.
Richardson was hispanic. He had been a congresman. As a congresman he worked as a back chanel and an as hawk representative for president clinton. He had been nominated three times for a nobel peace prize. He served as un ambassador and then served as energy secretary. Despite a black mark on his record during an enugy crises, he had redemed himself by becoming a popular governor in new mecico.
If carter won the presidentcy in 04, and was viewed as sucesfull richardson would be a shoe in for the democraric nominstion. This could be a demicratic readuregence not seen sense the time of franklin roosivelt.
richardson was not void of controversy. There had been scandals over the years. Nothing too savere. As enurgy secretary, vermont demictatic senator pat lahy said in a hearing that richardson would never get confirmed to any opounted posistion. There was fears that lahy words might become an add.
Bredeson was risky. He was not well known outside of tenisee. He was new as governor. It seemed like a regonal ticket. Bredeson did not bring much to the ticket.
Shaheen might help him in the northeast. He was leeding in new england except for maine first congressional district and new hampshire. Most believed carter would dominate the north east if not sweep it especialy new england.
Lee Hamilton looked like a satesman. A catter hamilton ticket would look like adults in the room contrasting the two cowboys in bush and chaney. He was pushed to pick hamilton. Carter incisted on richardson.
Richardson was reluctent to accept. He was in hie first term as governor. He was pushed by democraric party insiders. He accepted. His pic created buzz.
The 2004 democratic platform was to work with alies and made the world safe and us respected. The slogin was safe at home,respected around the world. Carter advocated focusing on targering terorist commandand control and curbing there capibilities.he wanted to focis on terorist groups. He would work tp streghen iraqi home government as he called it.
The convention included democrats and republicans who endorsed carter. Dr. Kisinger gave a key note explaning why we need jimmy carter in the white house. Richardson spoke of minority building the future of the us. It was a hopefull convention.
Carter curbed much talk of the stolen 2000 election. He said ,that is sosteptember 10th. Carter much to chagrin of some let liberman adress the convention. Liberman gave a passionate defense of carter and democratic party view of foregn policy.
Carter led bush after the convention 70 percent to his twenty. The republican convention was held in September. The republican attempted a morning again in America convention. It was heldin new york city. They tried to lunk reagen to bush. This led to an angry response from ron Reagan jr. Aganst the wishes of nancy reagen, ron jr went on any network that would have him advocating for carter.
Bush got the bump he hoped for. After the convention bush and carter were tied . bush tried to look presidential.
The relect bush team try a no drama w strategy. Bush was photographed being president. Bush tried to potrsy hinself as hard working for the American people.
Carter tried to look like a satesman.he also focused in on his work for habitat for humanity. He reached out to younger voters who were babies or not aluve during his administration.
Adds criticizing his administration failed. Bush looked meen. He looked petty. Bush changed his strategy. He tried to look calm and resonible. Carter advocated a patcent bill of rights. Bush convinced speaker livingston and leader frist to pass it. He signed it neutralizing it as a campagn issue.
The first debate carter was calm, cool and collected. Bush was on the defensive. Most agree carter won. Richardson performance against fick chany was viwed as lackluster. Carter is considered to have won the second debate. Bush canceled the third debate and did forums with just him and perspective voters.
On election day, most believed carter had it in the bag. Early in the night carter swept new england and the nottheast. He won georgia, tenisee Alabama.
Bush took florida, Texas, Oklahoma, lousiana, Virginia, west va, Indiana. Carter took north Carolina. Carter swept the west coast. He took won predictable west coast states like Washington, oregon and California. He also wom Nevada, and Colorado. Bush won the plane states. Carter took michigan, Wisconsin, pensivania and Iowa with little difficulty. He won ohio.
In the end he swept the west and east coast. He made inroads in the south. He did well in the mid west. He was declared the 44th president at one am. It was prery clear erlier that he had won.
President bush promised a smouth transistion. He dispatched vp chaney, defense sectratery rumsfeld and condaleza rice to brief carter personaly the next day. Bush asked president elect carter to apount a liasion who would be an emded with bush whitehouse who would act as his reprsentive. He chose former senator chuck robb for that job.
Bush and carter worked closely on the transistion. Bush wrote in his post presidential book that he despiritly wanted a second term but once he lost he was eager to return to private life.
Could carter have a sucesfull second term? Time would tell.
I know i will take flack for Ohio gov taft endorsement.taft barly wo. Relection and was unpopular. His endorsement would stil be a huge deal.