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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches ; 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B002TOK9UQ
  • Item model number: 4058
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,463 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Have you always wondered what it takes to be elected to a major political position? Campaign Manager 2008 takes you through the high stress job of a campaign manager in one of the largest and most expensive races in recent history. The hotly contested Presidential race of 2008 where Obama and McCain slugged it out to gain the power of a nation.A modern U.S. presidential campaign is one of the most amazing organizational endeavors undertaken by man. In 2008 John McCain and Barack Obama collectively spent 2.4 billion dollars on their efforts to be elected President of the United States. That is more money than the federal government devoted to the Manhattan Project. It is a larger figure than the gross domestic product of 32 countries. You could purchase three 50-story skyscrapers for the same amount. So when we talk about running a U.S. presidential campaign we are really referring to something akin to running a Fortune 500 company. The most remarkable thing is a campaign manager must take...

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A modern U.S. presidential campaign is one of the most amazing organizational endeavors undertaken by man. In 2008, John McCain and Barack Obama collectively spent $2.4 billion dollars on their efforts to be elected President of the United States. That is more money than the federal government devoted to the Manhattan Project. It is a larger figure than the gross domestic product of 32 countries. You could purchase three 50-story skyscrapers for the same amount. So, when we talk about running a U.S. presidential campaign, we are really referring to something akin to running a Fortune 500 company. The most remarkable thing is, a campaign manager must take this enterprise from literally nothing to these enormous heights in about a year’s time. It’s a grueling job, with enormous pressure and a lot to juggle. You have the candidate, the media, volunteers in every state, the campaign staff, the internet, attack ads, campaign consultants, pollsters, proxies and political problems of every conceivable stripe. And at the end of the day, what is your reward? If you win, you get the problems of governance. If you lose, you earn your party’s scorn and the inevitable finger-pointing that follows. ...of course, that’s just what your opponent intends to do to YOU. In Campaign Manager 2008, we invite you to undertake this thankless task by assuming the role of the campaign manager for either Barack Obama or John McCain. Your candidate is relying on you to develop a campaign strategy and then go on to manage this enormous endeavor successfully. You will consider a variety of different tactics and strategies available to you, crafting a personal campaign plan by selecting a unique combination of techniques aimed squarely at pummeling your opponent...

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One is Obama and one McCain.
Deltoriasis
Takes a round or two to learn, but is so much fun once you know how to play!
docsmm063
For less than 10 dollars they are GIVING this away!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason Jason Jason on August 7, 2012
I've been looking for a great board game about voting for the President of the USA, and this one is the winner. Well-written instructions made it quick to learn. Many games end neck-and-neck, with the winner just barely pulling ahead at the end. Unlike some other political games, this one takes no sides. All the cards are based on actual events from the Obama-McCain Presidential race and give an insider's view to the political process. You can play Republican or Democrat with great satisfaction.

"Campaign Manager 2008" plays sort of like a 30-minute version of the INCREDIBLE game "1960: The Making of the President," which make sense, as it was designed by the same people.

This game gets my vote!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Beall on February 23, 2013
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Campaign Manager is a relatively light deck-drafting game with a political theme. The game is not biased to any particular side, and when my wife and I play we take turns playing McCain and Obama. The decks are similar for each candidate. At the beginning of the game, you draft a deck of 15 cards that you will use in the game (out of 45 available). On your turn, you play these cards to win the voters of swing states and attempt to carry the state (and get the electoral votes from it). You play until one candidate gets 270 electoral votes. The game can be over in as little as 30 minutes, if one candidate is doing quite well, but the game can also take almost an hour with votes coming down to the last state. This game would be well worth it for the retail price, but currently is available for much less. The biggest surprise to me is that it is one of my wife's favorite games. (Her other favorites are Ticket to Ride, Lost Cities, and Carcassonne). I thought the game would be a little on the nerdy side for her (and she isn't particularly interested in politics), but she LOVES the game and has deemed herself a "political matermind".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By docsmm063 on September 23, 2011
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SOOO much fun! Takes a round or two to learn, but is so much fun once you know how to play! Always has interesting twists and turns as your action cards are different every game. Definitely recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim on April 10, 2014
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Okay, let me start by saying that (as the title implies) I am very into politics, especially elections. That being said, I have played Jason Matthew's 1960: The Making of a President, a game which everyone like me should play. The reason I got this game, however, is that 1960, though very deep and accurate to the feeling of a presidential race, takes a bit of a time commitment to sit though, clocking in at about 2-3 hours per game, depending on the level of experience between the players. In contrast, this game is very short (30-45 minutes TOPS) and quick to get into.

That being said, I will admit that this game, though still accurate to the feeling of a presidential election, loses some of the depth and theme that seemed to ooze out of 1960. On a plus side though, elections are often tense, and usually wind up either ending fast if your doing badly, or being tight until the last state (which a game about elections should do).

As a whole, this game should please anybody into politics. The production quality is outstanding for the price, the games are fast, and it gives everything you need for a fun, tense two player strategy game. Now if only I cared about either of the candidates.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pavel Bass on January 3, 2013
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There is often a direct correlation between the length of a game and its strategic depth.

CM2008 is touted as a 30 minute game with a moderate amount of components, so I wasn't expecting my mind to be blown, but my expectations were exceeded by how fun it was.

The components are beautiful, the cards are heavy and durable, and the tokens are solid. The game I played was back and forth, with the win coming down to 1 state (New Hampshire, of all places). It really came down to who would draw the last winning card, so take that for what it's worth.

My main complaint is the symmetry between the two decks of cards for each player. It takes away from some of the theme, where both sides have the same exact tricks up their sleeves. I suppose it could be a statement about politics, but it ended up where I would see what my opponent played and wondered when my same card would show up.

Keep in mind that we were playing the beginner's game, so when you do the drafting option for cards, it should mix up the cards.

I don't see this game having a long shelf life, but for the price that I bought it ($12) it was well worth it.
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