ABC News Political Unit's 2008 Presidential Invisible Primary Ratings, Vol. 1

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The 'Hang' Test: How does the candidate do in dealing with people in person in formal speeches before large audiences, smaller venues, spontaneous situations, pig roasts, sledding, flapjack-flipping, and town meetings? Coat on or off? Tie loosened or tight? Dress or pantsuit? Can the candidate turn on a room? Perhaps most importantly, can he or she "hang?"

The 'Hang' Test
  Republicans
Potential Candidates
Mike Huckabee 1
John McCain 1
George Allen 3
Mitt Romney 3
Rudy Giuliani 5
George Pataki 6
Newt Gingrich 7
Bill Frist 8
Chuck Hagel 9
Sam Brownback 10
Tom Tancredo 11

The 'Hang' Test
  Democrats
Potential Candidates
John Edwards 1
Bill Richardson 2
Hillary Clinton 3
Joe Biden 4
Tom Daschle 4
Tom Vilsack 4
Mark Warner 4
Russ Feingold 8
Evan Bayh 9
Wesley Clark 9
John Kerry 11

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Television Campaign Skills: Mastering the medium through which most voters get their information about the candidates -- even in retail-politics states like Iowa and New Hampshire -- is vital. Formal speeches, press conferences, Oprah, and Oprah-like settings usually have in-person audiences, but learning how to sell oneself to the thousands or millions in the local or network TV audience is more important. The same goes for how the candidate does on-camera in paid TV advertising, though those appearances last only a matter of seconds. Forgoing wonky talk and being interesting are good, but having enough experience to not look nervous or rattled is also key.

Television Campaign Skills
  Republicans
Potential Candidates
John McCain 1
Rudy Giuliani 2
Newt Gingrich 3
George Allen 4
Chuck Hagel 5
Mitt Romney 6
Mike Huckabee 7
Bill Frist 8
George Pataki 9
Sam Brownback 10
Tom Tancredo 11

Television Campaign Skills
  Democrats
Potential Candidates
Hillary Clinton 1
John Edwards 1
Tom Daschle 3
Bill Richardson 3
Evan Bayh 5
Joe Biden 5
Tom Vilsack 5
Wesley Clark 8
John Kerry 9
Mark Warner 9
Russ Feingold 11

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Wartime Leadership/Anti-terrorism Credentials: What kind of track record does the candidate have on national security issues, both pre- and post-September 11? Has the candidate racked up a bunch of past votes in Congress that an opponent could use to cast him/her as pro-terrorist or anti-defense? Insert Vietnam service or 9/11 leadership here.

Wartime Leadership/Anti-terrorism Credentials
  Republicans
Potential Candidates
John McCain 1
Rudy Giuliani 2
Chuck Hagel 3
Newt Gingrich 4
George Pataki 5
George Allen 6
Bill Frist 7
Mitt Romney 8
Mike Huckabee 9
Sam Brownback 10
Tom Tancredo 11

Wartime Leadership/Anti-terrorism Credentials
  Democrats
Potential Candidates
Wesley Clark 1
Joe Biden 2
Evan Bayh 3
Hillary Clinton 4
Bill Richardson 5
Tom Daschle 6
John Kerry 6
John Edwards 8
Tom Vilsack 9
Mark Warner 9
Russ Feingold 11

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