|‹ 1996 2004 ›|
|United States Presidential Election 1996|
|November 7, 2000|
|Nominee||Dick Cheney||Joe Biden||Jesse Ventura|
|Running mate||John Ashcroft||Dick Durbin||Ron Paul|
|States carried||30||16 + DC||4|
|Red-Cheney, Blue-Biden, Cyan-Ventura|
Republican PrimaryCheney, who had risen to prominence through political activism against Perot's libertarian and isolationist foreign policy, was a major candidate from the beginning, although he possessed competition. Former Republican Minority leader Newt Gingrich, former ambassador from Maryland Alan Keyes, and conservative commentator Pat Buchanan all challenged Cheney for the nomination, but he had the broadest support and managed to win throughout.
The Democrats were in disarray during this election. Many were speculated to run, but few did. In the end, the only major challenger to Biden was Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.Reform Party Nomination==
Jesse Ventura and Donald Trump were the only major candidates for the Reform Party Nomination. Surprisingly, Vice President Pat Choate decided not to run for president. Ron Paul, the Secretary of the Treasury, had considered running but decided against it and endorsed Ventura. Ralph Nader of Connecticut tried to steer the party to the left but failed. Nader would then win the Green Party Nomination.