Presidential candidates have chosen a variety of different locations and forums throughout history to announce their intentions to run for the White House.
The kickoff to a presidential race traditionally consisted of an official public event filled with supporters. Most of them choose their hometowns, symbolic settings or government office to give their formal declaration for their candidacies.
Nowadays, candidates are more subtle. In a modern, media-frenzy society, potential candidates will be under intense scrutiny and faced with legal limitations on campaign funding. Therefore, one can’t be expected to make such an important decision until you “dip your toe in the water.”
This exact analogy is used in a Federal Election Commission document, referring to the breathing time prior to an official announcement for the candidates to gather information and “explore the feasibility of becoming a candidate,” while being out of the spotlight.
“From a very pragmatic standpoint, candidates would be viewed as foolish if they don’t take advantage of the opportunity to set up a super PAC to be able to coordinate during this period,” Sheila Krumholz, director of the Center for Responsive Politics, said in an interview with the Washington Post.
Declaring a run for the presidency is tricky business, an art form really, to strategically time the announcement that will maximize a candidate’s preparation time without overwhelming public scrutiny and the constraints of campaign laws.
As the presidential announcement season for 2016 is fast approaching, here’s a look back through some of the more memorable ones in history: