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|United States presidential election, 2000|
|November 6, 2000|
|Nominee||Dick Cheney||John Edwards||Colin Powell|
|Home state||Wyoming||North Carolina||New York|
|Running mate||Mike Huckabee||David Cobb||Mike Castle|
The United States Presidential election, 2000, was a Democratic election held in the United States to decide the nation's next president. Popular Socialist and incumbent President Tom Harkin was term limited and unable to run for a third term. He had helped the the United States following the bloody wars of the 1980s with the two breakaway republics in the United States, the Republic of New England and the Republic of the Pacific. During those times, two different right-wing leaders lead America, and it became some of the worst days in the United States since the Great Depression.
The election pitted Conservative oil baron and former Representative Dick Cheney of Wyoming against Socialist candidate Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, as Harkin's Vice President, Bill Clinton, had no desire to become President, and left politics altogether to become a philanthropist and an international advocate for left-wing causes, and Moderate Gen. Colin Powell of New York. 2000 was the best presidential election in the Moderate Party's history, as it was the first time the MP had won a state since the 1964 presidential election.
This was Dennis Kucinich's first of four runs for the Presidency, as he ran, but did not win the Socialist nomination, in 2004, and won the nomination in 2008 and again in the recall election of 2010, winning the election.
The Vice Presidential candidates were Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, the Conservative, activist David Cobb of Texas, the Socialist, and Representative Mike Castle of Delaware, the Moderate. While Cheney's choice of Mike Huckabee was praised by pundits, Edwards' choice of Cobb was criticized, as Cobb had never held political office, was rumored of being a loose cannon and extremist, and had ties to the former Green Party of the United States, before it was outlawed. Powell's choice of Castle was praised by pundits, as Castle was seen as an up-and-comer in national politics, and the Moderate Party's best politician in congress.
Coming off an excellent two-term presidency from Tom Harkin, the Socialists thought they couldn't lose. However, when Harkin Vice President Bill Clinton decided to not run for the presidency, the race became wide open.
Senator John Edwards, North Carolina
David Cobb, Texas
Senator Al Gore, Tennessee
Senator Charles Schumer, New York
Representative Dennis Kucinich, Ohio
Governor Tom Vilsack, Iowa
Many pundits and citzens believed that Edwards' choice of unknown, potentially extremist activist David Cobb as Vice President was an immense screw up. Many wanted Senator Al Gore to be Edwards' choice, but some in the Socialist Party - Edwards included - believed that an Edwards/Gore ticket would be too centrist to appeal the hard-left of the Socialist Party, and ultimately sink the candidate. However, in retrospect, Edwards' choice of the fringe candidate in Cobb ultmately sunk him in the general election.
The Conservatives saw the "Clinton abandonment" as an opprotunity to jump into the presidency after the "Socialist decade" in the 1990s. Attack ads aired during the campaign season were aimed more at David Cobb than John Edwards, exploiting Edwards' choice in Vice President to their own advantage. Dick Cheney, who had been out of politics for years and was seen as a weak candidate, suddenly became a shoo-in for the presidency.
Some also thought that the choice of Cheney, who hadn't served in Congress since 1989 and served as the CEO of the controversial Halliburton Co., might be too controversial to attract moderate and independent voters.
Former Representative Dick Cheney, Wyoming
Governor Mike Huckabee, Arkansas
Governor Geoge W. Bush, Texas
Senator John McCain, Arizona
Senator Trent Lott, Mississippi
Senator Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina
Huckabee was not running for the presidency, but accepted the Vice Presidential nomination nonetheless. Initially, Dick Cheney was perceived as a weak candidate compared to Tom Harkin. He was also viewed as old and fragile, the sufferer of a weak heart. However, Huckabee helped propel Cheney along the campaign trail, and he became viewed as a war hawk, even more than Colin Powell, a retired four star general.
Because of David Cobb, many moderate Socialists went on to endorse the Moderate candidates for President. As a result, the Moderate Party had it's best year in a presidential election in their history. They didn't win, but won electoral votes for the first time since 1964. Most of it was due to two strong candidates, including the first African-American to be nominated by a major party for the presidency, Colin Powell.
General Colin Powell, New York
Representative Mike Castle, Delaware
After Powell/Castle announced their respective candidacies, every Moderate politician knew that they couldn't match up with either of them. The Moderates had their best candidates for president in their history, so good even some Socialists (and, to a lesser extent, Conservatives) endorsed Powell/Castle. It wasn't enough, though, as the Moderates won "only" two states.
The first African-American to be nominated by a semi-major party goes back to the last time the Moderate Party won any states, 1964 Presidential Election, winning Maine and Hawaii. In 1964, the presidential candidates (Margaret Chase Smith of Maine and Hiram Fong of Hawaii) were the first woman and Asian-American to be on a presidential ticket. While Powell/Castle won more electoral college votes than Chase Smith/Fong (who won only 8), that's only because Powell/Castle won Powell's home state of New York, with 33 votes.
Dick Cheney defeated John Edwards and Colin Powell in a landslide. Disunity among Socialists and revamped Moderates split the left and the Socialist Party, and a Conservative comeback was expected.
New York and Delaware - the Moderate candidate's home states - became the first states to go Moderate in a Presidential election since Maine and Hawaii in 1964, swinging from the Socialist Party.
Overall, it was a weak year for the Socialists, and a strong year for the Conservatives. Some pundits believed it was natural for the country to swing back to the right after eight years under the left.