Major Events in U.S. Presidential Campaign
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following is a chronology of major events
in the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign.
Dec. 4, 1998 - Bill Bradley, former Democratic senator from New
Jersey, announces formation of presidential exploratory
Dec. 30, 1998 - Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican,
establishes a presidential fund-raising committee.
Jan. 4, 1999 - Former Cabinet secretary Elizabeth Dole, wife of
1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole, resigns as president of American
Red Cross, preparing her own presidential bid.
Jan. 8, 1999 - Former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander forms
exploratory committee for second bid for Republican nomination.
Jan. 13, 1999 - Rep. John Kasich, Ohio Republican, forms 2000
Feb. 18, 1999 - Sen. Bob Smith, New Hampshire Republican,
announces his candidacy.
March 2, 1999 - Pat Buchanan, winner of 1996 New Hampshire
Republican primary, announces his third presidential bid.
March 2, 1999 - Texas Gov. George Bush announces formation of
exploratory committee to seek Republican nomination.
March 9, 1999 - Alexander announces his candidacy in Nashville,
March 10, 1999 - Elizabeth Dole forms presidential exploratory
March 16, 1999 - Steve Forbes announces his candidacy on his own
Internet Web site.
April 14, 1999 - Former Vice President Dan Quayle announces his
candidacy in Huntington, Indiana.
April 21, 1999 - Conservative activist Gary Bauer announces his
candidacy in Newport, Kentucky.
June 12, 1999 - Bush embarks on first campaign trip to Iowa and
declares, ``I'm running for president ... and there is no turning
June 16, 1999 - Vice President Al Gore announces his candidacy in
Tennessee, declaring he seeks an America ''that is not only
better off but better.''
June 17, 1999 - Radio talk show host Alan Keyes establishes a
presidential exploratory committee.
June 30, 1999 - George W. Bush announces he has raised $36.3
the first six months of 1999, nearly triple the record and about
twice as much as Al Gore.
July 1, 1999 - Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah become final candidate to
enter race for Republican nomination.
July 13, 1999 - Smith quits Republican Party, saying it has
abandoned core conservative principles. He stays in race as
July 14, 1999 - John Kasich withdraws from the race citing lack
of funds and endorses Bush.
Aug. 14, 1999 - Bush wins Iowa Republican straw poll. Steve
Forbes and Elizabeth Dole finish second and third.
Aug. 16, 1999 - Lamar Alexander, almost out of money, withdraws
from race after disappointing showing in Iowa poll.
Sept. 8, 1999 - Bill Bradley announces his candidacy in his
hometown of Crystal City, Missouri.
Sept. 27, 1999 - Dan Quayle withdraws from the race, saying
Bush's fund raising made it impossible for him to compete.
Sept. 27, 1999 - Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, formally
kicks off his campaign in Bedford New Hampshire.
Sept. 29, 1999 - Al Gore moves his campaign headquarters from
Washington, D.C., to Nashville, Tenn, to ``go from the Beltway to
Oct. 7, 1999 - Billionaire real estate developer and casino owner
Donald Trump announces he will form a presidential exploratory
Oct. 20, 1999 - Elizabeth Dole drops out of the race.
Oct. 25, 1999 - Donald Trump quits the Republican Party to join
the Reform Party, saying Republicans were ``too crazy right.''
Oct. 25, 1999 - Pat Buchanan leaves the Republican Party to join
Party, saying Republican and Democrat parties ''have become
nothing but two
wings of the same bird of prey.''
Oct. 27, 1999 - Democratic candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley
have their first debate in New Hampshire.
Oct. 28, 1999 - Sen. Bob Smith ends his long-shot bid as
independent candidate for president and makes move to rejoin the
Nov. 1, 1999 - Texas Gov. George W. Bush sustains minor injuries
when he jumps out of way of a runaway dump truck during a daily jog
Nov. 4, 1999 - Bush hit with surprise quiz about foreign leaders
on Boston TV show, does not know the answers.
Nov. 19, 1999 - In major foreign policy speech, Bush promises
tough policies on China and Russia.
Nov. 30, 1999 - Bush proposes five-year $484 billion tax cut
Dec. 3, 1999 - Bush joins five other Republicans for first time
in debate in New Hampshire.
Dec. 5, 1999 - Fighting reports of a serious temper, McCain
releases more than 1,500 pages of medical records dating back to
days as Vietnam POW to show he is physically and mentally fit.
Dec. 10, 1999 - Bill Bradley admits himself to hospital for
previously undisclosed irregular heart beat but is released without
undergoing any treatment.
Dec. 16, 1999 - Democrat Bradley and Republican McCain hold rare
joint appearance in Claremont, New Hampshire -- site of Bill
Clinton-Newt Gingrich handshake over campaign finance reform -- to
declare war on ``soft money'' in politics.
Dec. 17, 1999 - Al Gore and Bill Bradley clash over their
care plans during Nashua, N.H. debate.
Dec. 19, 1999 - On NBC's ``Meet the Press,'' Gore extends hand
for agreement to stop all political ads and instead debate twice a
week. Bradley refuses,
calls it a ``ploy.''
Dec. 29, 1999 - Bradley raises twice as much money as Gore in
final three months of year.
Dec. 30, 1999 - Bush campaign announces it raised record $67
million in 1999.
Jan. 5, 2000 - When asked at New Hampshire debate if he would
test'' on gay issues for military leaders, Gore said they would
have to agree with him; backs down later.
Jan. 7, 2000 - Gore defends campaign manager Donna Brazile, an
African-American, for remarks she made about Republicans and blacks,
including retired Gen. Colin Powell.
Jan. 8, 2000 - McCain releases all the letters he wrote to FCC as
senator after controversy over some letters supporting causes of
Jan. 11, 2000 - McCain outlines plan to save Social Security and
provide $240 billion in tax cuts over five years.
Jan. 24, 2000 - Al Gore wins Democratic Iowa caucuses easily over
Bradley; George W. Bush wins Republican Iowa caucuses with Steve
Forbes finishing a strong second.
Feb. 1, 2000 - McCain scores upset victory over Bush in New
Hampshire primary, with Forbes trailing; Gore nudges out Bradley in