The Most Memorable Moments Of The Campaign

Day to Day takes you through the highlights, lowlights and funny-lights of the election season.

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MADELEINE BRAND, host:

Finally today, what seemed at times like a never-ending presidential campaign is actually coming to an end.

ALEX CHADWICK, host:

More than a dozen Republicans and nine Democrats initially competed for their parties' nominations. The process played out over almost two years.

BRAND: And produced many memorable moments. Here are some of them.

(Soundbite of teletype sound effect)

Unidentified Reporter: Earlier this week, Congressman Ron Paul announced his candidacy.

(Soundbite of TV show "This Week," April 1, 2007)

Former Secretary TOMMY THOMPSON (Health and Human Services, George W. Bush Administration; 2008 Republican Presidential Primary Candidate): Things are starting to coalesce and I feel...

(Soundbite of candidacy declaration speech, February 10, 2007)

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois; 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate): A little chilly...

(Soundbite of TV show "Late Show with David Letterman," February 27, 2007)

Senator JOHN MCCAIN (Republican, Arizona; 2008 Republican Presidential Candidate): I am announcing...

(Soundbite of candidacy declaration speech, September 6, 2007)

Former Senator FRED THOMPSON (Republican, Tennessee; 2008 Republican Presidential Primary Candidate): My friends, I come to you today to tell you that I intend to run for...

(Soundbite of TV show "This Week," April 1, 2007)

Sec. THOMPSON: For president of the United States.

(Soundbite of candidacy declaration speech, February 10, 2007)

Sen. OBAMA: For president of the United States.

(Soundbite of TV show "Late Show with David Letterman," February 27, 2007)

Sen. MCCAIN: For president of the United States.

Mr. DAVID LETTERMAN (Host, "Late Show with David Letterman"): Oh...

(Soundbite of applause)

(Soundbite of candidacy declaration speech, December 12, 2007)

Representative DENNIS KUCINICH (Democrat, Ohio; 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate): I fully expect to win...

(Soundbite of candidacy declaration speech, January 20, 2007)

Senator SAM BROWNBACK (Republican, Kansas; 2008 Republican Presidential Primary Candidate): On the yellow brick road to the White House...

(Soundbite of applause)

(Soundbite of TV show "Meet the Press," January 28, 2007)

Former Governor MIKE HUCKABEE (Republican, Arkansas; 2008 Republican Presidential Primary Candidate): Hello, I'm Mike Huckabee.

(Soundbite of AAI National Leadership Conference speech, October 28, 2007)

Former Senator JOHN EDWARDS (Democrat, North Carolina; 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate): I'm sorry I can't be with you in person...

(Soundbite of applause)

(Soundbite of speech)

Former Governor MITT ROMNEY (Republican, Massachusetts; 2008 Republican Presidential Primary Candidate): Look at that John Deere 6430. That thing can get through anything.

(Soundbite of Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame speech, June 3, 2007)

Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York; 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Candidate): You know, I plan to spend so much time in Iowa I'll be able to caucus for myself.

(Soundbite of MSNBC New Hampshire Primary Coverage, January 8, 2008)

Mr. CHRIS MATTHEWS (Host, "Hardball with Chris Matthews"): She has pulled a stunning upset...

(Soundbite of primary campaign speech, January 26, 2008)

Sen. EDWARDS: Now, the three of us move on...

(Soundbite of endorsement speech, January 30, 2008)

Former Mayor RUDY GIULIANI (Republican, New York, New York; 2008 Republican Presidential Primary Candidate): Obviously, I thought I was that person...

(Soundbite of Thompson campaign ad)

Sen. THOMPSON: I'm Fred Thompson.

(Soundbite of Huckabee campaign ad)

Gov. HUCKABEE: Chuck Norris.

(Soundbite of Clinton campaign ad)

Sen. CLINTON: The late shift with a crying baby.

(Soundbite of NBC Indiana Democratic Primary Coverage, May 6, 2008)

Mr. TIM RUSSERT (Former Host, "Meet the Press"): Big decision to make in the morning.

(Soundbite of campaign speech, May 25, 2008)

Former President BILL CLINTON: Why have all these people tried to run her out of this race?

(Soundbite of campaign speech, January 3, 2008)

Gov. ROMNEY: You're going to see change in Washington.

(Soundbite of campaign speech, December 24, 2007)

Sen. CLINTON: On day one...

(Soundbite of concession speech, January 21, 2008)

Sen. EDWARDS: So that history can - so that - so that...

(Soundbite of Tancredo campaign ad)

Representative TOM TANCREDO (Republican, Colorado; 2008 Republican Presidential Primary Candidate): Hi. I'm Tom Tancredo.

(Soundbite of Clinton campaign ad)

Unidentified Announcer #1: There's a phone in the White House and it's ringing.

(Soundbite of telephone ringing)

(Soundbite of sneeze)

Sen. OBAMA: I'm sorry.

Unidentified Man: Bless you.

(Soundbite of speech, September 25, 2008)

Sen. MCCAIN: The economy is exploding.

(Soundbite of YouTube video)

Ms. PARIS HILTON (Actress): Thanks for the endorsement, white-haired dude.

(Soundbite of campaign speech, October 17, 2008)

Sen. OBAMA: It's possible that I'm a little too awesome.

(Soundbite of campaign speech, October 7, 2008)

Sen. MCCAIN: I screw it up.

(Soundbite of campaign rally, October 5, 2008)

Governor SARAH PALIN (Republican, Alaska; 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate): In Bill Ayers' living room.

(Soundbite of campaign ad)

Unidentified Announcer #2: Too risky for Americans.

(Soundbite of campaign speech, September 10, 2008)

Sen. OBAMA: Made-up controversy.

(Soundbite of campaign speech, September 18, 2008)

Sen. MCCAIN: I would fire him.

(Soundbite of TV show "Late Show with David Letterman," February 27, 2007)

Sen. MCCAIN: (Singing) Dat-dat-dadat-dat (ph)...

Mr. LETTERMAN: Oh...

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of Richardson campaign ad)

Governor BILL RICHARDSON (New Mexico): Hello. This is Governor Bill Richardson.

(Soundbite of Romney campaign ad)

Gov. ROMNEY: Washington is broken.

(Soundbite of campaign speech, April 6, 2008)

Sen. OBAMA: Cling to guns or religion or...

(Soundbite of concession speech, June 7, 2008)

Sen. CLINTON: The fabric of our lives.

(Soundbite of campaign ad)

Unidentified Announcer #3: Terrorists, aliens who've come to take our jobs.

(Soundbite of Romney campaign ad)

Gov. ROMNEY: I'm Mitt Romney.

(Soundbite of TV show "Saturday Night Live," October 18, 2008)

Gov. PALIN: It's Saturday night!

(Soundbite of TV show "Saturday Night Live," September 29, 2008)

Ms. TINA FEY: (As Governor Sarah Palin) Katie, I'd like to use one of my lifelines.

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of TV show "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," September 23, 2008)

Senator JOE BIDEN (Democrat, Delaware; 2008 Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate): Franklin Roosevelt got on television...

(Soundbite of campaign ad)

Sen. MCCAIN: That one.

(Soundbite of campaign speech)

Pres. CLINTON: Barack Obama...

(Soundbite of campaign speech, October 10, 2008)

Sen. MCCAIN: Is a decent person.

(Soundbite of 2008 Republican National Convention, September 3, 2008)

Former Lieutenant Governor MICHAEL STEELE (Republican, Maryland): Drill, baby, drill, and drill now.

(Soundbite of campaign ad)

Mr. JACK NICHOLSON (Actor): I'm Jack Nicholson and I approve this message.

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BRAND: Our Campaign-in-a-Moment compiled by our senior producer Steve Proffitt.

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CHADWICK: OK. Ghosts and goblins today and tonight and Sarah Palin. The Republican vice-presidential candidate appears to be the most popular choice for people dressing up for Halloween, at least for the people who've been listening to our program.

BRAND: Yeah, this week we asked you to send us pictures of your news-related Halloween costumes, and many who responded sent in photos of themselves done up as the Alaska governor.

CHADWICK: Also Joe the Plumber and a hedge-fund hobo, too. You can see some of these pictures.

BRAND: There's a slide show at our blog. It's npr.org/daydreaming.

CHADWICK: And lots of other stuff there, too. It's the official blog of Day to Day - except no substitutes - npr.org/daydreaming.

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