2008 – President Kerry

I’m working on an alternate historical scenario where John Kerry was narrowly elected president in 2004, and is running for re-election amidst an economic crisis. This is still in beta mode, so there are still things that I need to polish up, but I got the main stuff completed, and thus I wanted to upload the first version of my President Kerry 2008 scenario.

Here is what I have added so far.

  • Democratic side has only President Kerry and Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio as an optional primary challenger.
  • Added Dick Cheney and George Pataki as GOP presidential candidates
  • Added Chafee, Petraeus, and Snowe as running mates
  • Switch the event effects, so that the Republicans benefit from events as opposed to the Democrats
  • Changed some endorsers assuming that the GOP did far better in the 2006 midterms than in reality with a democrat as the incumbent president.


  • Added George Allen for the Republicans, and added Donald Trump as an optional third party.

I may add some alternate third parties and some candidates in the future.

Anyways, hope you all enjoy, and please leave any comments or suggestions on what I should add.

DOWNLOAD LINK: United States – 2008 – President Kerry – v2

8 thoughts on “2008 – President Kerry

  1. You could also add McCain,Giuliani,Huckabee,and Romney. Maybe Gingrich and Chafee as the latter had considered a run against Bush in 2004.

  2. @Malkavin, I forgot to mention. You can play as those first four candidates you mentioned. My scenario is an expanded version of the original 2008 Beta scenario.

  3. I could also imagine Santorum and George Allen winning reelection in 2006 and running for the presidency in 2008 in this scenario.

    I am really enjoying this scenario, keep up the good work 🙂

  4. I doubt Cheney would have run but it’s fun to have him in there anyway.

    Pataki was always a nonentity despite being Gov of one of the biggest states; Giuliani was the GOP star of New York in the noughties and he’d have probably had a better shot at the nomination in this scenario as the GOP establishment would have felt a need to become more socially liberal and secular, following the failed GWB campaign of 2004 which involved pushing moral issues etc.

    Romney also would be a frontrunner and would have probably run more true to himself (as a pro-business social moderate).

    Allen would have almost certainly won re-election to the senate and would likely have been the standard bearer of the right-wing of the party.

    Gingrich could well have run in this instance too.

    Hard to say if Ron Paul would have entered as a lot of his appeal came from the fact that an authoritarian GOP president had been in the White House for two terms and that he (Paul) was a very different kind of Republican. With a Democrat in the WH it’d be less likely he’d enter but probably cool to add him in anyway.

    McCain would have probably run, but hard to say how well he’d have done.

    Huckabee would have been, as he was in real life, the leading religious right choice.

    Finally, perhaps add (again for fun) Donald Trump as a third-party candidate? He’d run more as his 2000 self than his post-2008 self I think, i.e. as a general populist rather than one who focuses a lot on immigration and trade etc. He may well have had more cross-party appeal.

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