Though he is a U.S. Senator from Chicago, Illinois, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and his father was a Black African from Kenya while his mother was a White American from Kansas. Barack is a member of the United Church of Christ, a mainline Protestant Christian denomination. Obama was an outstanding student at Columbia and Harvard Universities in the Ivy League.
Now Hillary Rodham Clinton was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois though she is a U.S. Senator from New York and the former first lady and wife of an Arkansas Governor. Raised a United Methodist, she attended Wellesley College and Yale University and did quite well. At Wellesley she was President of the Young Republicans her freshman year and a campaign volunteer for Barry Goldwater, the very conservative GOP candidate for President in 1964. The Viet Nam war eventually drove her to the Democratic Party even though the Democrats started the war.
Born in Detroit, Michigan Mitt Romney is the son of a Governor of Michigan and 1968 presidential candidate. Mitt attended Stanford University and Brigham Young before going to Harvard where he earned law and business degrees with high honors. A member of the Mormon Church, he remained in Massachusetts after school and had a very successful business career including being President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. After his business successes he was elected governor of the state.
Born in Panama and whose father and grandfather were Navy Admirals, McCain gives you a clear choice compared to the backgrounds of the others. He grew up moving from town to town and went to the Navy Academy like his father and grandpa. By the time he graduated he was 5th from the bottom of his class but a classmate said of him, “being on liberty with John McCain was like being in a train wreck.” Every year at the academy he earned over 100 demerits becoming a legendary member of the Century Club.
McCain crashed a plane in Corpus Christi Bay in Texas, and then crashed another plane when he collided with power lines over Spain. The first time he was almost killed in Viet Nam he was preparing to take off from an aircraft carrier for a bombing run when a Zuni rocket was accidentally fired from another plane on deck. It hit McCain’s plane rupturing the fuel tank and knocking two bombs loose from his wings. The plane erupted in flames and McCain barely escaped with his life by crawling out the cockpit on to the front of the plane then leaping through the flames. Seconds later a bomb exploded under the plane destroying it and 19 other planes and killing 132 sailors. After recovering he was shot down by a Soviet missile over Hanoi and was held as a POW for over 5 years.
Should Rudy Giulaini, the choirboy from Brooklyn and Mike Huckabee, the guitar-playing preacher from Hope, Arkansas survive the Super Tuesday primaries more will be provided about them. However, they are well represented in the photo gallery.