Work It Out

1. At a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire, one candidate said, "I'm electable if you vote for me." Define the term electability. As a class, discuss: Who decides whether a candidate is electable? Have each person in your class ask five voters whether assertions of electability or unelectability will affect how they vote. Report your findings to the class. Compile your data, and write a summary of it.

2. This article suggests that candidates need to possess certain qualities in order to succeed as candidates. With a small group, list those qualities. What qualities does a president need? List them. Make a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts the qualities a candidate needs to possess with the qualities that a president needs to possess. Write a letter to the editor summing up your thoughts on the subject.