The Election of the President
One of the
most important events in American government and politics is the
election of the president. This event is held every four years and
is often compared to a race. We say that someone is “running
for office” and that the “presidential race” is
on. People who are trying to be elected to a particular official
job are called “candidates.” Almost any citizen who
wants to be president can announce that they are a candidate. Usually,
serious candidates for president are people with a lot of experience
in government (e.g., governors of states or members of Congress).
Choosing presidential candidates can begin more than two years before
the actual election.
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