The Audacity To Win

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  • 1. 
    Before launching his presidential campaign, whose blessing did Obama and his advisors critically seek out?
    • A. 

      Howard Dean, former DNC chairman

    • B. 

      Al Gore, former vice president

    • C. 

      Michelle Obama, current first lady

    • D. 

      Jimmy Carter, former president

    • E. 

      Jesse Jackson Jr., Congressman from Illinois

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Focusing more on the New Hampshire primaries than on the Iowa caucuses.

    • B. 

      Eschewing public campaign funds.

    • C. 

      Declining an invitation to the first nationally televised debate of the season in Nevada, which all other candidates attended.

    • D. 

      Refusing to shake hands with voters at rallies, lest Obama get sick.

    • E. 

      Vowing to curtail farm subsidies while campaigning in agriculture-dependent Iowa.

  • 3. 
    Which of the following states did Obama not carry in the 2008 Democratic primaries?
    • A. 

      Iowa

    • B. 

      Colorado

    • C. 

      Georgia

    • D. 

      Texas

    • E. 

      Minnesota

  • 4. 
    According to Plouffe, which 2008 Democratic presidential candidate made a backdoor bid to become Obama's VP pick before dropping out of the race himself?
    • A. 

      Chris Dodd

    • B. 

      John Edwards

    • C. 

      Joe Biden

    • D. 

      Joe Leiberman

    • E. 

      Dennis Kucinich

  • 5. 
    In late April, when the Democratic primaries were coming to a boil, Obama drew a clear distinction between himself and Hillary Clinton with his stance on what issue?
    • A. 

      A health insurance mandate for all Americans.

    • B. 

      Legalization of civil unions for gay couples.

    • C. 

      Temporary suspension of the federal gasoline tax.

    • D. 

      Extension of Bush-era tax cuts for upper income brackets.

    • E. 

      House resolution to honor the legacy of baseball great Yogi Berra.

  • 6. 
    When first mapping out its general election strategy, which state did the Obama campaign consider critical?
    • A. 

      Florida

    • B. 

      New Hampshire

    • C. 

      Missouri

    • D. 

      Ohio

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    Which traditionally Republican state did Obama manage to win in 2008?
    • A. 

      Indiana

    • B. 

      North Carolina

    • C. 

      Colorado

    • D. 

      Nevada

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    What three names were on Obama's final short list for his vice presidential pick? (Check all three.)
    • A. 

      Evan Bayh, senator from Indiana

    • B. 

      Hillary Clinton, senator from New York

    • C. 

      Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico

    • D. 

      Tim Kaine, former governor of Virginia

    • E. 

      Joe Biden, former senator from Delaware

  • 9. 
    According to Plouffe, what was the primary reason Obama decided not to include Hillary Clinton on the ticket?
    • A. 

      He felt tensions were still too high after the drawn out primary battle.

    • B. 

      He felt there were too many key policy differences between the two, such as on health care reform.

    • C. 

      He questioned Clinton's willingness to stick to a consistent campaign message.

    • D. 

      Clinton, now secretary of state, had indicated privately that she would be more interested in a cabinet position.

    • E. 

      Obama was concerned about the role Bill Clinton might play in the race.

  • 10. 
    What best summarizes the strategy Obama advised for going after Sarah Palin?
    • A. 

      Argue that she is too inexperienced to be so close to the presidency.

    • B. 

      Paint her as a hard-line conservative whose views are too extreme for the country at this moment.

    • C. 

      Claim that Palin is essentially another helping of George W. Bush.

    • D. 

      Draw attention to her pregnant daughter.

    • E. 

      Wait it out.

  • 11. 
    As explained by Plouffe, why was the Obama campaign so unprepared to respond the controversy involving Jeremiah Wright's fiery sermons?
    • A. 

      They felt it was not appropriate to comment on directly.

    • B. 

      They believed Clinton would help tamp down the controversy to prove her commitment to a civil campaign.

    • C. 

      They underestimated how quickly such material could spread over the internet.

    • D. 

      They had not done very much research on the matter.

    • E. 

      Obama had forgotten about the pastor's more fiery sermons.

  • 12. 
    What does Plouffe say was the Obama campaign's most strategically important gambit?
    • A. 

      Not agreeing to a request by John McCain to cancel the first presidential debate.

    • B. 

      Creating a wide playing field rather than focusing on a handful of battleground states.

    • C. 

      Holding the Democratic convention in Colorado, which had recently become a swing state.

    • D. 

      Focusing on economic issues more than foreign affairs.

    • E. 

      Bringing younger voters into the process in record numbers.