Although the Constitution does not specify how many candidates may run for president (for more on that, see Catherine’s book Understanding Presidential Elections and the Constitution), we typically think of it as simply a two party race – between the Republicans and the Democrats. But this year there are actually at least five candidates who will appear on ballots in the majority of the states: Virgil Goode (Constitution party), Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Barack Obama (Democrat), Mitt Romney (Republican), and Jill Stein (Green party).
This e-book takes a quick look at the issues of the election, the different platforms of the five parties, and helps you and your student take a look at those and the different candidates.
This will help you and your older students better understand the general presidential election process and give you a little more about the 2012 election. Great for parents and teachers who want to look at this topic a little more deeply, but don't know where to begin.