How much do you know about the 2008 elections? Circle the correct answer.

1. Regarding Supreme Court justice nominations, Sen. McCain / Sen. Obama said he would use the following criteria to appoint judges: “somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old.”

2. Sen. McCain / Sen. Obama said he would use the following criteria when nominating judges: he would base it on the judge’s prior record and on whether the judge strictly adheres to the U.S. Constitution; he would choose a judge who does not legislate from the bench.

3. The number of lawyers monitoring the election this year rose / fell from 2004, when a few thousand lawyers were involved.

4. The Democrats / Republicans accused the opposing party of committing fraud by increasing the number of votes cast by getting ineligible voters to vote and the
Democrats / Republicans
accused the opposing party of preventing people from voting (by blocking eligible voters from entering polling locations, or turning them away for various bogus reasons, etc.)

5. More than 18 / 118 million Americans voted in Tuesday’s election.

6. The vote on Proposition 8 in California to define marriage between one man and one woman / make homosexual marriage permanently legal was close, but it passed by a little over 50%.

7. In honor of Barack Obama’s election as president of the United States, Kenyan / South African President Mwai Kibaki declared a public holiday on Thursday.

8. Israeli / Palestinian officials are concerned that President-elect Obama won’t be as staunch a supporter of Israel as President Bush is.

9.  In his first news
conference since Election Day, Barack Obama will address the issue of the
economy/health insurance

10. President-elect Obama has chosen Rep. Rahm Emanuel as
his White House Chief of Staff/spokesman.


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