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Meet the Republicans

John McCain

John McCain

Senator John McCain was born in 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama. He attended the United States Naval Academy, following the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He was a naval pilot for over 22 years and fought in the Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy in 1981. Some of his honors include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, and the Purple Heart.

McCain was first elected Senator of Arizona in 1987 and has been re-elected ever since. He ran for president in 2000, but lost the Republican primary to current President George Bush. Senator McCain has seven children and four grandchildren, and currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Cindy.

For more information, visit this candidate's Web site. Photo courtesy of the John McCain campaign.


Sam Brownback
Sam Brownback (Dropped out of race on December 17, 2007.)

Senator Sam Brownback was born in 1956 in Parker, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1979 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He received a law degree form the University of Kansas in 1982.

Brownback served as the youngest Secretary of Agriculture in Kansas's history. At the age of 38, he was elected to the House of Representatives. In 1996, he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Brownback is married to Mary Stauffer. They have five children.

For more information, visit this candidate's Web site. Photo courtesy of the Sam Brownback campaign.

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani (Dropped out race for the nomination on January 30, 2008, after poor showing in Florida primary.)

Rudy Giuliani was born in 1948 in Brooklyn, New York. Giuliani is most well-known for his leadership during September 11 in New York City. Giuliani was mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001. Giuliani attend Manhattan College and New York University Law School.

In 1975, Giuliani was asked to work in Washington, D.C., where he was appointed Associate Deputy Attorney General. In 1977, he then returned to New York to practice law. While Mayor of New York, Giuliani cut crime by more than half. He also helped to turn New York City to one of the safest cities in the country.

Giuliani is married to Judith Nathan. He has two children.

For more information, visit this candidate's Web site. Photo courtesy of the Rudy Giuliani campaign.

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee (Dropped out of the race on March 4, 2008.)

Mike Huckabee was born in 1955. Huckabee received his Bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He also attended the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas.

Huckabee was elected Lieutenant Governor in a 1993 special election. He became Governor in 1996 when the former Governor resigned. He was then elected to a full four-year term in 1998, and was re-elected in 2002. As Governor, Huckabee served as chairman of the Southern Governors Association and the Southern Regional Education Board.

The former Governor and his wife, Janet, live in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have three grown children.

For more information, visit this candidate's Web site. Photo courtesy of the Mike Huckabee campaign.

Duncan Hunter


Duncan Hunter (Dropped out of race on January 22, 2008, due to poor showing in Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary.)

Representative Duncan Hunter was born in 1948 in Riverside, California. He has been a Republican in the House of Representatives since 1981. He briefly attended the University of Montana and University of California, Santa Barbara before joining the Army. Hunter served in the Vietnam War with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 75th Army Rangers. Following the war, Hunter earned a law degree and began his political career. Hunter and his wife Lynne have been married for 34 years. They have two sons, Duncan Jr. and Samuel. Duncan Jr. is a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, serving in Iraq.
For more information, visit this candidate's Web site. Photo courtesy of the Mike Huckabee campaign.

Ron Paul

Representative Ron Paul was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Carol moved to Texas in 1968, where he began his medical practice in Brazoria County. They now live in Lake Jackson, Texas, and have 5 children and 17 grandchildren.

Paul served in Congress in the late 1970s and 1980s. He left office voluntarily to return to his medical practice in 1984.

He still had politics in his blood, however. He was elected representative of the 14th Congressional district of Texas in 1996. He is on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Paul is often referred to as a Libertarian because of his belief in less government. He ran as the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988.

For more information, visit the candidate’s Web site.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Dropped out race on February 7, 2008, after poor showing in Super Tuesday primaries and cacuses.)

Mitt Romney was born in 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. Romney is son of former Governor of Michigan and presidential candidate George W. Romney. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1971. In 1975, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also received a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Before becoming President and CEO of the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, Romney was a successful businessman. In 2002, he was elected Governor of Massachusetts. As governor, Romney helped to reform the education system and provide scholarships for students to go to Massachusetts state colleges.

Romney lives with his wife, Ann, in Massachusetts. They have five sons and nine grandchildren.

For more information, visit this candidate's Web site. Photo courtesy of the Mitt Romney campaign.

Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo (Dropped out of race for nomination on December 20, 2007.)

Representative Tom Tancredo was born in 1945 in Denver, Colorado. Tancredo went to college at the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a degree in political science.

Tancredo taught school for several years before entering Congress. He also served in the Colorado Legislature and the Department of Education under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. In 1998, he was elected as Colorado's Sixth Congressional District Representative.

Tancredo lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Jackie. They have two children and five grandchildren.

For more information, visit this candidate's Web site. Photo courtesy of the Tom Tancredo campaign.

Fred Thompson (dropped out January 22, 2008 after poor showing in South Carolina primary.)

Fred Dalton Thompson was born in Sheffield, Alabama. He moved to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, as a baby, and refers to Lawrenceburg as his home.

He has a law degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. But he is not just a lawyer. He has served as the Senator from Tennessee, has worked as a lobbyist, and is probably best known as an actor.

Thompson has been in numerous movies, including The Hunt for Red October, In the Line of Fire, and Die Hard 2. In one of his first movies he played himself in a famous trial. He is best known for his role as District Attorney Arthur Branch in TV’s Law and Order.

He has five children and is the author of a book about the Watergate scandal.

Thompson came late to the presidential party. Two candidates had already dropped out by the time he officially announced on September 6, 2007. He jumped to the top of the pack almost immediately. His main rivals, Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain, both dropped slightly in popularity polls when Thompson entered the race.

For more information, check out Thompson’s Web site.


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