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A Day in the Life of a Candidate

People running for president of the United States are called candidates. Their campaign, or fight to win, can take years. Here’s what one day might look like if you were a presidential candidate.

7:00 A.M.

Wake Up to Your Favorite Song

“America the Beautiful” is a great way to start the day! It gets you ready to go on a quick jog.

8:00 A.M.


You eat with your campaign manager. She’ll help you get your message out, practice for speeches, and more! The general election isn’t until November. But states have either primaries or caucuses now. These events help political parties choose one person to represent them in November.

9:00 A.M.

School Meet-Up

You’re meeting with parents and teachers at a school. Small gatherings like this let you hear what people think and answer their questions. You share your plan to improve school safety.

11:00 A.M.

Hit the Road!


Guess what? You have your own bus to use on your campaign. Right now, you’re headed to another state to connect with more voters.

12:30 P.M.

Lunch and Selfie Break

Time for lunch . . . and more talking! After giving a speech in a restaurant, you pose for photos. Selfies with voters are important. If people post them online, you get free advertising. Cha-ching!

1:30 P.M.

Screen Time

After lunch, you stop by a studio to film a few ads to appear on social media, like Instagram and Facebook. You also film a TV interview. You answer questions from reporters about your ideas for the country.

4:00 P.M.

“Thank You, Volunteers!”

With so much work to do, you’re glad you have volunteers on your side. You stop by one of your campaign offices to thank your team. Some volunteers are too young to vote, but they help by asking adults to sign up to vote.

5:00 P.M.

Pizza and Debate Prep

While eating pizza, you prepare for a debate tomorrow. That’s when you and other candidates will go on live TV. You’ll talk about issues and tell people your ideas. You practice for the debate by answering tough questions about the environment.

7:00 P.M.

Let's Rally

Your last event of the day is an online rally. Thousands of people will gather around their screens to watch you speak. If they like your speech, some people might give money to your campaign. You need millions of dollars to pay for ads, travel, and more.

9:00 P.M.

Sleep Tight!

Running for president takes a ton of energy—and time away from loved ones. You FaceTime your family (and your dog!) from your hotel room, then try to catch some sleep. There’s a long road ahead!

1. What is a campaign?

2. How do candidates connect with voters?

3. Based on the sample schedule from the article, would you want to run for president? Why or why not?

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