Candidates: Fascinating Facts

Boxes of macaroni and cheese were given as promotional souvenirs at the 1996 Republican and Democratic conventions. What other pet topics, catch phrases, and special tactics have been used to brandish presidential candidates' speeches and interviews?


1. Which president used the first negative ad to influence voters?

   William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

   Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

   John Adams (1797-1801)

   Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

2. Which presidential candidate used a variety of campaign novelities, inlcuding buttons, posters, flasks, matchboxes, and mugs?

   John Adams (1797-1801)

   Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

   Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

   Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

3. Which president's election took place on the same day throughout the nation?

   John Adams (1797-1801)

   Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

   Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

   Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

4. Which presidential candidate was the first to print and distribute his campaign portrait all over the country?

   William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

   Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

   Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

   Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

5. Who was the first presidential candidate to campaign in all fifty states?

   William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

   Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

   Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

   Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

6. Who was the first presidential candidate to appear on the popular-culture television channel MTV?

   William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

   Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

   Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

   Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

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