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Path to Presidency
Transcript of Path to Presidency
Step One: Meet the requirements for office
Natural born citizen
35 years of age
14 years of residence
Formally sworn in as President of the United States
How to get elected President: Obama Style!
Path to the White House
Announce Your Candidacy
Hit the Campaign Trail!
Primary Elections & Caucuses!
REMEMBER: This election is one that narrows set of candidates for ONE political party.
This the FIRST STEP in the two-part election process.
National Party Convention
Accept the nomination!
Back to the Campaign Trail!
Campaign Ads & Speeches
You better know your stuff!
Win that General Election!
Better get some endorsements!
Primary versus Caucus
Primary - preliminary election to choose the candidate for a particular party; most similar to a general election; voters cast secret ballots at a polling place
Caucus - meeting of members of a political party (or polling district) to choose a candidate for a particular party; votes are in-person, face-to-face; usually involves discussion & debate; more time consuming
Libertarianism – closest to “pure” (classic) liberalism in that they believe in complete LAISSEZ-FAIRE
In a perfect world, they would not want a government role in anything
Famous candidate: Representative Ron Paul (TX)
Current Party (sort of): Tea Party
Inauguration = the formal ceremony that marks the beginning of a political leader's term of office
Candidates must also file with the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) after they have raised more than $5,000.
Presidential Twitter Campaign
You are the President's Social Media Director:
Craft 10 TWEETS (<14o characters)
Reflect ideology, platforms, planks
Encompass all steps of the Campaign Process
It is important to have well-known persons (other politicians) publicly support you over the other candidates
The systematic contacting of voters by campaigns. This can be done door-to-door and by telephone. Purpose = gather information & register voters!
At this event, the candidate ACCEPTS their party's nomination. The party also votes on their PLATFORM.
In order to win, you must have a majority in the ELECTORAL COLLEGE (more to come tomorrow!)
This means you need 270 votes!
According to Constitution (20th Amendment) it occurs on Jan. 20th