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Presidential Election Slogans

Updated on September 29, 2016
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An American Election Tradition - Presidential Political Campaign Slogans

Every 4 years Americans vote in nationwide elections to elect the USA's President. The person chosen by the voters serves four years in the office of President of the United States (POTUS) as the nation's Commander in Chief, the highest government official in the country.

Presidential campaign slogans express in a few words the main political issues designed to elect the candidate and defeat opponents. A few campaign slogan themes resurface time and again with slight variations - Change is one recurring theme that's an integral part of Presidential election campaigns.

Some slogans (or paraphrased versions) have become part of the American English language lexicon: "a chicken in every pot ...", "don't change horses in midstream".

But do presidential campaign slogans really have any impact on voters, or are they just a clever regurgitation of what political strategists think the voters want to hear?

You decide ... and don't forget to vote for your preferred candidate in the next presidential election!

Presidential Campaign Bloopers

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail

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Feel the Bern

Bernie Sanders printable face mask, 2016 presidential election fun
Bernie Sanders printable face mask, 2016 presidential election fun | Source

Historic American Election Campaign Slogans

Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too

4-40 or Fight

Re-annexation of Texas / Reoccupation of Oregon

For President of the People

Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men, and Fremont

Vote Yourself a Farm

Don't Swap Horses in Midstream

Vote as You Shot

Ma, Ma, Where's my Pa

Rejuvenated Republicanism

Patriotism, Protection, and Prosperity

Let Well Enough Alone

A Full Dinner Pail

He Kept US Out of War

Return to normalcy

Cox and Cocktails

Keep Cool with Coolidge

Hoo but Hoover?

A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage

I'm Just Wild about Harry

Better a Third Term Than a Third-Rater

Give 'Em Hell, Harry!

I Like Ike

Peace and Prosperity

For the Future

All the Way with LBJ

In Your Heart You Know He's Right

Nixon's the One

He's Making Us Proud Again

Not Just Peanuts

A Leader, For a Change

Are You Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago?

It's Morning Again in America

America Needs a Change

Kinder, Gentler Nation

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

It's Time to Change America

It's The Economy, Stupid

Putting People First

Ross for Boss

Building a Bridge to the 21st Century

The Better Man for a Better America

Prosperity and Progress

Prosperity for America's Families

Compassionate Conservatism

Leave No Child Behind

Real Plans for Real People

Reformer with Results

Let America Be America Again

Yes, America Can

2016 Presidential Primary Campaign Slogans

Everyday Americans need a champion. - Hillary Clinton

Make America Great Again - Donald Trump

A Political Revolution is Coming - Bernie Sanders

Heal. Inspire. Revive. - Ben Carson

New Possibilities. Real Leadership. - Carly Fiorina

From Hope to Higher Ground - Mike Huckabee

Defeat the Washington Machine - Rand Paul

A New American Century - Marco Rubio

Reigniting the Promise of America - Ted Cruz

Barack Obama Presidential Campaign Slogans

The 2008 US Presidential Candidates had their own unique campaign buzz words. Here are a few of the most popular that appeared on Obama-Biden campaign buttons and tee shirts.

The Democratic ticket offered special interest support buttons and shirts for groups such as women for Obama, students, Obama pride support, Republicans for Obama, Asian American Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Veterans for Obama and so on.

Yes We Can




Organize for Change

Vote for Change

Barack the Vote

Obama for President

2008 Presidential Campaign Slogans-Republican Ticket

John McCain Presidential Campaign Slogans

The 2008 US Presidential Candidates have their own unique campaign buzz words. Here are a few of the most popular from the McCain-Palin campaign button collection.

Country First

Reform - Prosperity - Peace

Ready From Day One

Straight Talk

Time for a Real Hero

Other buttons available for the campaign include ethnic support buttons, women support buttons, service branches, veterans, disabled Americans buttons for McCain. Even race fan supporters have their own McCain-Palin buttons.

© 2008 Lee Hansen

What's Your Suggestion for a Presidential Campaign Slogan?

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    5 years ago

    This is not just our country, it's our home.

  • TransplantedSoul profile image


    7 years ago

    There is always so much mud slinging during these campaigns. It makes them look silly sometimes.

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    7 years ago

    There have been some really great but also truly horrifically bad slogans over the years. Great list.

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    7 years ago

    I prefer "Don't only encourages them"

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    7 years ago

    Presidential Slogan: Hey, what's your beef? We all lie! :)

    I just created a lens with polls on the 2012 issues. Things will be getting interesting for the next 14 months or so.

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    8 years ago

    I like the way you put this lens together. Nice job in collecting all of these historical slogans. Thumbs up, indeed!

  • Lee Hansen profile imageAUTHOR

    Lee Hansen 

    9 years ago from Vermont

    @OhMe: Thanks for visiting, and for lensrolling. I wonder whether the next campaign slogans will recycle old themes, or present us with something really new!

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 

    9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    I enjoyed reading all the many Presidential Campaign Slogans. Very interesting. Lensrolling to my Presidents Day Quiz.

  • Millertime LM profile image

    Millertime LM 

    9 years ago

    Sorry, no slogan suggestion but it's a very interesting lens and some really odd campaign slogans. Nice job.

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    Treasures By Brenda 

    9 years ago from Canada

    Nicely done & blessed, Lee. I'm afraid I don't have a slogan idea though...


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