Presidential Election 2008:
Researching the Candidates
(The contents of this document were compiled by Lee McLaird, LWVBG member and Curator of Rare Books at BGSU's Center for Archival Collections.)
CNN: America Votes 2008
Information about the candidates and the election. Includes links to news
stories and analysis.
P2008: The 2008 Presidential Campaign
Includes links to candidates’ web sites, new sites about the election,
information about the political parties, analysis of the campaign, etc.
League of Women Voters
Resource guide for information about voting and candidates.
Librarians’ Index to the Internet:
Links to a wide variety of Internet sites, including a brief description of the
type of information to be found.
Politics1.com: Presidency 2008
Links to a wide variety of Internet sites about the candidates and about the
2008 election, including third-party candidates.
Project Vote Smart: 2008 Presidential Candidates
Information about each candidate includes: biographical information,
campaign finance, issue positions, interest group ratings, voting records,
and public statements. Not all information is available for some lesser
Congressional Record (GPO Access)
A searchable database of proceedings on the floor of Congress, listing
remarks both by and about the subject.
Congressional Record (Thomas)
A searchable database of proceedings on the floor of Congress. This page
for the 110th Congress includes links to earlier congresses.
Lexis Nexis Congressional
For on-campus and off-campus access, see the University Libraries’
Research Databases page and type “Lexis Nexis” and choose Congressional:
Searchable full text database of many newspapers, magazines, newswires, etc. Coverage varies for individual titles.
From Google’s main page, select News, then News Archive Search
Searchable full text database of many newspapers and news organization
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
A weekly compilation of every public word spoken by the President.
The White House: Presidential News & Speeches
The text of Presidential speeches, news conferences, etc.
Federal Election Commission
The official source of information on campaign finances. This site does not
have as much detailed data as some of the private Internet sites.
Information about campaign finances of candidates running for federal offices.
PoliticalMoneyLine: Money in Politics Database
Information about candidates’ campaign finances. Some of the information on this site is available only to subscribers.
The official site for Gallup, a major polling organization. This site includes
data from a selected group of their Polls.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Poll results for issues, including the election.
A site that includes polling data from a variety of sources.
The Roper Center: Election 2008
Polling data on the 2008 election.
Republican National Committee
McCain for President
Ohio Republican Party
Democratic National Committee
Obama for President
Ohio Democratic Party
Nader/Gonzalez 2008 http://www.votenader.org
Libertarian Party http://www.lp.org
Green Party http://www.gp.org
Sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of
Pennsylvania. It accepts no funding from business corporations, labor
unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals.
C-SPAN is a private, non-profit company, created by the cable television
industry. It receives no government funding; operations are funded by fees paid by cable and satellite affiliates who carry C-SPAN programming.
Sponsored by the St. Petersburg, Florida Times newspaper and the
Congressional Quarterly, it features analysis of claims made by candidates and rates them on their level of truth.
Urban Legends Reference Pages
More than a political site, this is also a good source for checking out
Sponsored by the Washington Post, this site features analysis of
candidate claims and rates them on truthfulness.