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Choosing the president : a citizen's guide to the 2000 election
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
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New York : Lyons Press, 1999.
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xiii, 157 pages ; 22 cm
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From the early jockeying and the first candidate announcements to the final tally on that Tuesday in November, choosing the president is an exciting, complex, sometimes bewildering, and ever evolving process that dominates American politics for up to two years.

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Booklist Review

The League of Women Voters has been a consistently reliable--though not necessarily unopinionated--source of information on the quadrennial race for the White House. Some of the material in this guide parallels earlier volumes [most recently, BKL Ap 1 92], but political trends over the past eight years, especially the impact of soft money and issue advertising and efforts to restrict those tactics, guarantees lots of new information as well. The book's organization is straightforward: Part 1 profiles the campaign's players: voters, candidates, parties and other supporters, the media, and financial contributors. Part 2 outlines the process, from planning the campaign and raising money to the primaries and caucuses to the conventions, the general election campaign, and Election Day itself. Nearly every other page has a sidebar with useful data, from statistics on voter turnout and information on how to register to vote to lists of major soft-money donors and enlightening political Web sites. --Mary Carroll

School Library Journal Review

YA-An updated handbook to the upcoming presidential election that is clear, concise, and completely nonpartisan. It begins with an explanation of the requirements for the office, with excerpts from the Constitution in sidebars, and then focuses on the technology, communications, political strategies, and voter behaviors that have become such an important part of the process. The book guides voters through the players and sidebars highlight special topics, including the pros and cons of the two-party system, tabloid journalism, and the battle of endorsements. The pointers for evaluating news coverage, the debates, the convention, polls, and radio and television ads are particularly useful. Each chapter is relatively short and then broken into smaller sections, making it easy to browse. This title should provide answers to most questions about the framework of the presidential elections.-Jane S. Drabkin, Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Part I The Playersp. 1
Chapter 1 We the Peoplep. 3
It's Been a Long Road: Voting in the Nation's Early Yearsp. 4
Opening Democracy's Door: Expanding the Franchisep. 4
Unfinished Business: Lowering the Barriers to Votingp. 7
Turnout Turns Down: Voter Participation Hits New Lowp. 12
Turning Thing Around: How to Increase Voter Turnoutp. 13
Chapter 2 The Candidatesp. 17
Are They Crazy? What It Takes to Run for Presidentp. 19
Where Do They Come From? The Candidates' Varied Backgroundsp. 20
Running for the Boss's Job: When the Vice President Steps Upp. 22
Political Newcomers: Nonpoliticians in the Runningp. 23
Campaign Strategy, Part I: The Candidates and the Issuesp. 24
Campaign Strategy, Part II: Dividing the Electoratep. 25
Chapter 3 The Parties and Other Behind-the-Scenes Powersp. 29
Early History: How the Political Parties Came to Bep. 30
The Life of the Parties: The Democrats and Republicans Take Center Sagep. 30
Party Mechanics: How the Parties Workp. 34
Independents' Day: Are the Parties in Decline?p. 36
Enter the Special Interests: Independent Groups Step Up Their Campaign Activityp. 39
Chapter 4 The Mediap. 43
Running for Coverage: The Candidates and the Mediap. 44
The Media Under Fire: What's Wrong with Today's Election Coverage?p. 46
The Media Respond: Is Political Coverage Getting Better?p. 48
The New Media: Expanding Election Coveragep. 49
New Media = New Freedom for Votersp. 50
Too Much of a Good Thing? Critiquing the New Mediap. 51
Finding the Best Election Coverage: What You Can Dop. 53
Elections Go Onlinep. 54
Chapter 5 M-O-N-E-Yp. 59
How Did We Get Here? A Short History of Campaign Financep. 60
Puiblic Funding of Presidental Elections: How It Worksp. 62
Getting Around the Rules: Soft Money Isn't Hard to Findp. 66
Soft-Money Donors: Who Are They?p. 67
Beyond Soft Money: Other Campaign Finance Loopholesp. 69
Cleaning Up Campaigns: Proposals for Reformp. 70
Part II The Processp. 75
Chapter 6 Early Actionp. 77
Laying the Groundwork: Campaigning Unannouncedp. 78
The Money Chase, Part I: PAC Attackp. 78
The Money Chase, Part II: The Exploratory Committeep. 80
Competing for Talent: Lining Up Key Advisors and Staffp. 82
Who's Who: The Campaign Teamp. 83
Making It Official: The Announcementp. 84
After the Early Going: A Winnowing of the Fieldp. 86
Chapter 7 The Primaries and Caucusesp. 89
How It Works: Choosing the Delegatesp. 90
Primary Education: What Is a Primary?p. 90
A Primary Alternative: What's a Caucus?p. 93
The Early States: Iowa and New Hampshirep. 94
An Accelerated Schedule for 2000p. 95
Primary Participation: Who Votes in the Primaries?p. 97
Chapter 8 The Conventionsp. 103
What's It All About? The Function of the National Conventionsp. 104
The Delegates: Who Are All These People?p. 106
The Scripted Convention: A News- and Controversy-Free Eventp. 108
The Role of the Media: The Conventions as News Eventsp. 110
Convention Highlights: A Viewer's Guidep. 112
Chapter 9 The General Election Campaignp. 117
Campaign Strategy, Part I: A Shift to the Centerp. 118
Campaign Strategy, Part II: Targeting a Candidate's Appealp. 120
Campaign Tactics, Part I: The Candidates in Controlp. 124
Campaign Tactics, Part II: A Little Help from My Friendsp. 125
Campaign Tactics, Part III: On the Ground and On the Airp. 126
The Candidates Face Off: The Presidential Debatesp. 127
Chapter 10 Election Dayp. 133
Affirming Your Vote: About the Electoral Collegep. 133
A College Education: How Does the Electoral College Work?p. 134
Do We Really Need the Electoral College? Proposals for Changep. 138
Tabulating the Outcome: The Results Are In!p. 140
Exit Interviews by the Media: Divining the Resultsp. 141
Early Projections: Jumping the Gunp. 141
Making It Officialp. 145
Bibliographyp. 147
Indexp. 149