Mock Presidential Election
AP U.S. Government and Politics, Daniel Burns
Mock Presidential Election
Task: You will be assigned to work on a Presidential Campaign. Political parties may include Democrats, Republicans, Greens, and Libertarians.
Role 1: The Presidential Candidate:
After being assigned a political party to represent, the candidate must prepare for a Mock Presidential debate, and learn the platform of the party he or she is supposed to represent. The candidate will demonstrate the various roles a Presidential candidate performs during an election.
As part of the grade for this activity, the Candidate:
- Must write a campaign speech. (2-3 minutes, summarizing their reasons for running for office and the plans they have for the nation)
- Candidate must participate in a Presidential debate with other candidates.
- Must help the rest of their team develop their campaign for office and research and understand their party platform.
Role 2: Campaign Media Team:
Advisors who are part of the candidate’s media team will create two campaign TV advertisements demonstrating various advertising techniques discussed in class.
- One ad must be a positive ad on the candidate’s background and biography, and the other should be a negative attack ad on another candidate’s platform. (Don’t go personal, stick to the issues!)
- The TV advertisements must be creative, include graphics and sound if possible, and be proofread for errors in spelling and grammar. They should last no longer than 2 minutes. No less than one minute.
- The campaign ads are due the day before the president debate begins. Please upload your campaign video to You tube and make sure it is ready to go for presentation day.
Role 3: Campaign Finance Team:
Advisors who are part of the candidate’s finance team must plan a fundraiser and develop a campaign budget for the candidate.
Using a power point presentation:
- The advisors must plan one major political fundraiser. They should describe the event. (location, food served, ticket price, income, entertainment etc.)
- The advisors must create a budget plan on how to raise $600,000,000 for the campaign and detail how and where they will spend the money. (Lawn signs, TV Ad costs, radio ads, literature etc.)
Role 4: Campaign Issues Team:
Advisors who are part of the candidate’s issues team must:
- Develop campaign literature (brochures) to support their particular candidate.
- Create signs (Billboards) to hold up that highlight the candidate during the group presentations.
- Advisors who are part of this team must also help prep the candidate for the upcoming debate.
Wrap Up Focus Questions
- What contributions did you make to the political campaign you worked on? Cite specific examples of activities you participated in or contributions you made.
- What were some of the strengths of the group? Weaknesses? What advice and support did you offer?
- What were some strengths of the campaign you presented? Weaknesses?
- Would you vote for this campaign if given the choice? Why or why not?
- What obstacles do third parties play in elections? Did you see any of these obstacles play out in class? Explain.
- Do you enjoy working on campaigns? If so, why, if not, why not?
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