John McCain : Service to His Country
The Republican candidate for president has served his country for 50 years as a naval officer and member of Congress.
John McCain’s Vision for the Future
Excerpts from "U.S. Foreign Policy : Where We Go from Here," remarks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, March 26, 2008.
McCain in His Own Words
John McCain describes the feelings he developed for the United States while held a prisoner of war for more than five years by the North Vietnamese.
Barack Obama : Breaking New Ground
The Democratic candidate for president is the first African American to be nominated by a major political party.
Barack Obama’s Vision for the Future
Excerpts from "The American Moment," remarks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, April 23, 2007.
Obama in His Own Words
In this excerpt from a speech, Barack Obama talks about a time in his life when he "began to notice a world beyond myself" and about his desire to be an agent of change.
Vice Presidential Candidates
Sarah Palin, the Republican Party’s Nominee for Vice President
The governor of Alaska has executive experience and a reputation for being a reformer.
Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s Nominee for Vice President
A U.S. senator from Delaware has legislative and foreign policy experience.
The McCain Family
John McCain and his wife Cindy have pursued different tracks to serve their country. McCain’s family includes seven children and four grandchildren.
The Obama Family
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have devoted much of their adult lives to public service. They have two young daughters.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Powers of the Presidency
The U.S. Constitution outlines the president’s authority but allows each incumbent to define the scope of presidential powers.
The Enhanced Role of the Vice President
The vice presidency of the United States has grown in importance as the demands of the presidency have increased.
The Role of the First Lady
Since Martha Washington in the 18th century, first ladies of the United States have fulfilled this unique role according to their own interests and the times they lived in.