I've decided that I am going to run for President of the United States. I certainly am qualified being that I'm 35 years old, a natural born citizen, and I have been a resident for 14 years in the United States. I am also a man of great character with qualities citizens would want in a leader such as commitment, charisma, open-mindedness, team player, great communicator, and honesty. I will announce my plan to run for office. Let the speeches, debates, and hand shaking begin!
Competing against other people from my party, I'll first need to get through the nomination campaign and try to win my Republican party's endorsement as a candidate for office. This will require money and drive as I work to gain crucial support from representatives who pledge to support my nomination at the national convention. During this "invisible primary" I must create a positive image amongst the media, the political elite, and potential voters, in general.
Then, from January through June of the election year, caucuses and primary elections will take place in each of the individual states. In a caucus, delegates are chosen to go to the national convention, and presidential candidate preferences are determined by voters in a long, open meeting. In a primary election, state's voters go to the polls to express their preference for a party's nominee for president. Most delegates to the national convention are chosen this way, too.
Next, at the next national convention, many delegates gather to rally support for each party's platform. A candidate for president is nominated and accepted as long as a majority, over 50 percent vote from the state's delegates, is made. Thereafter, a nominee for vice president will be chosen and an acceptance speech made. The grand finale of the convention is when the presidential candidate's acceptance speech is made, and a new order of business will soon follow, the general election.