Is This Politician From the Republican or Democratic Party?

POLITICS

By: Lauren Lubas

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

While political parties have been around since the 1800s, over the last 20 years or so, the general public has shifted more toward voting on party lines and less toward voting on a politician's views and policies. Although this transition has created a division in the country, it has also helped people become more educated on which politician is labeled to which party. Even though many don't look past a politician's party label to understand exactly what their policies and missions can do for voters, they still understand that the D or R between their name and state of residence means the politician is either for or against their political views. 

If you know a thing or two about the Republicans and Democrats who have come and gone over the last 30 years, you could probably tell us exactly what they stood for and whether or not you voted for them. We've found 40 politicians who have made big and small impacts on American voters over the last few decades, and we want to see if you know who they are. We'll show you the politician's name and picture, and you tell us which party that politician adheres to. Are you up for the challenge?

Barack Obama was the president for eight years. Do you know which party he was a part of?

He may be one of the most well-known Democrats in the world right now, and for good reason. He made social changes that broke the mold across the board. Obama was all about progress.

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Do you know what party our current president claims to be a part of?

President Donald J. Trump conforms to the values and policies that many other Republican politicians do. He became president in 2016 and has made a huge impact in his first term, whether you view it as positive or negative.

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Bernie Sanders might be the most radical member of which party?

Hearing the ideas of Bernie Sanders might turn off a lot of people. He describes himself as a socialist, and his comments about Fidel Castro turned off many, but he has a fervent base of supporters.

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As the president during the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush had a lot on his plate. Do you know which party he adhered to?

George W. Bush took over the presidency from Bill Clinton. Everything seemed like smooth sailing, until about nine months after his inauguration. After the attacks, W. attempted to bring the country together.

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He was the governor of California and one heck of an actor. Do you know which party Arnold Schwarzenegger belongs to?

That's right! California had a Republican governor for several years. Although you may have guessed that he was a Democrat based on running California, Schwarzenegger ran as a Republican.

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20 years ago, Al Gore warned us about climate change. Do you know if he's a Democrat or a Republican?

Al Gore was vice president to Bill Clinton and ran against George W. Bush ... and lost. He spent the rest of his time lecturing and teaching about the dangers of global warming.

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John McCain is considered one of the most bipartisan politicians of all time. Do you know which party he staked claim to?

If McCain had it his way, he wouldn't pick a party label. As a matter of fact, when he ran in 2008, he wanted his VP running mate to be a Democrat. The GOP denied this and pushed Sarah Palin on him in a fatal error.

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Although she didn't do much on the political spectrum, she is one of the most famous politicians in recent history. Can you tell us if Sarah Palin was a Democrat or Republican?

Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska for only two short years before she started running with John McCain. Her lack of experience and odd stage presence took away from the McCain campaign and led to an Obama victory.

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This former mayor of New York City is running for president. Do you know which party he belongs to?

Michael Bloomberg ran New York City from 2002 to 2013, and now he has his sights set on the White House. He got a late start, and was hammered in the first debate in which he took part, but he's still in the race.

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Bob Dole made a run for president in the 1990s under which party?

Working in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Bob Dole had a lot of political experience from 1961 to 1996. He worked under several presidents, but never made it to the White House.

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Governor Chris Christie was in the news quite a bit in the mid-2010s. Do you know if he's a Democrat or Republican?

Best known for his work as the governor of New Jersey for the majority of the 2010s, Chris Christie became a well-known political commentator. You can see him from time to time gracing your TV screen on various news debates.

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She could have been the first female president. Do you know which party she belongs to?

Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote in the 2016 election, but the American voting system belongs to the electoral colleges in each state. This ultimately led to the presidency of Donald Trump.

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He, very publicly, had a bit of trouble spelling potato. What political party did Dan Quayle belong to?

You may know him as the man who took on Candace Bergen, calling out against her portrayal of a single mother. He was lampooned for a gaffe in which he spelled "potato" with an "e."

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Bill Clinton was the second president to be impeached. Do you know if he was a Democrat or a Republican?

There was much more to the Clinton administration than an impeachment. However, the president's sexual misconduct has been one of the most remembered bits of his eight years in office, and was even brought up during his wife's run.

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Do you know whether Mitt Romney is a Democrat or Republican?

Former governor of Massachusetts and later junior senator from Utah, Mitt Romney had an interesting political career. He took on Barack Obama in the 2012 election, but lost. Now, he openly speaks out against the current president of the United States.

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Can you tell us which political party Dick Cheney is a part of?

Former Vice President Dick Cheney worked under George W. Bush and was seen as the man who pulled the strings throughout the Bush administration. His work as a Republican leader ended shortly after his term in office.

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Elizabeth Warren might have a very mean nickname from the president, but do you know which political party she belongs to?

Although there are some questions about her claims to heritage, Elizabeth Warren has spent a lot of her time in office working toward a Democratic government. She is still a contender in the 2020 Democratic race.

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Can you tell us whether Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a Democrat or Republican?

Love her or hate her, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a strong-willed woman who looks to seek justice where no one else does. She has faced some revolt even within her own party from the younger guard.

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Which political party was former President Jimmy Carter a part of?

The well-known peanut-farming president of the United States, Jimmy Carter was the embodiment of working class America. However, the 39th president only served one term, losing to Ronald Reagan in 1980.

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Ted Cruz is an interesting character. Do you know if he's a Democrat or Republican?

Even though President Trump made an odd accusation that Ted Cruz's father aided in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Cruz still supports his president, his party and his country.

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Which political party will you find Jeb Bush in?

It's easy to see that all members of the Bush family fall along the lines of the Republican Party. The former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush is the well-known brother to former President George W. Bush.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has an interesting name, but do you know what political party he adhered to?

Serving as the 50th speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich served in this role from 1995-99. He was also a representative of the state of Georgia. Recently, Gingrich has tried his hand at writing, publishing several books on government and strategy.

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Is Marco Rubio a Republican or Democrat?

Currently a senator for Florida, Marco Rubio has worked in politics for several years. He also served as the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He recently stated that the president's actions were worthy of impeachment, yet voted against kicking him out of office.

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Can you tell us whether former presidential hopeful John Kerry was a Republican or Democrat?

John Kerry was a Vietnam veteran who pushed against George W. Bush's policies. He ran against Bush in 2004 and lost. This was the last presidential campaign that didn't involve social media.

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In which party will you find Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

One of the youngest United States representatives to be voted in, Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC) is one of the fresh faces of the Democratic Party. She's been somewhat controversial at times.

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Al Franken is a member of which political party?

Former United States Sen. Al Franken began his career as a comedian and media personality. He entered politics and, for a brief time, was a fresh voice in the Senate until sexual misconduct accusations derailed his career.

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Pete Buttigieg may have a name that is made fun of, but do you know which party he belongs to?

Former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg seems to be used to people making fun of his name, and when snide remarks and playground nicknames are brought up, he addresses them like an adult.

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Is Mike Huckabee a Democrat or Republican?

Mike Huckabee wears many hats. Not only was he the former governor of Arkansas, he is also a Christian minister. He served as a Republican governor for 11 years, and attempted to win the presidency in 2008 and 2016.

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Do you know which party Rand Paul belongs to?

Son of Ron Paul, Rand Paul took on the Republican role in government. He works alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the state of Kentucky. Rand Paul has also written several books against socialism and for the Tea Party.

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Can you tell us if Jeff Sessions is a Democrat or Republican?

Previously a senator, Jeff Sessions happily gave up his role to become the attorney general of the united states in 2017. This didn't last very long, as Sessions was fired by the president just a year later.

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Is Adam Schiff a Republican or Democrat?

Adam Schiff is currently serving his 10th term as a California congressman. The 59-year-old has received a lot of attention since the beginning talks of impeachment, and that attention doesn't seem to be going away any time soon.

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Andrew Yang has ideas that attract young voters. Is he a Republican or Democrat?

Running for president isn't the easiest thing in the world ... especially when you have the kind of ideas that Andrew Yang has. Not only does he want to work toward more social fixes, he also wants to ensure that poverty doesn't stop people from achieving their dreams.

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Which party is Michele Bachmann a part of?

Serving in the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2015, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota had a lot of ideas that didn't necessarily meld with her constituents. However, her tenacity kept her in office.

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Scott Walker considers himself a part of which party?

Republican Scott Walker may have been born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but he was raised in Wisconsin. He became the governor of Wisconsin in 2011 and ended his term in 2019.

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Do you know if Jay Rockefeller is a Republican or Democrat?

John Rockefeller IV (also known as Jay) was the United States senator from West Virginia. The 82-year-old Democrat worked in politics for 30 years before retiring in 2015. His work includes being the finance chairman of the Democratic Party in 1992.

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What political party does former Vice President Joe Biden belong to?

Joe Biden is one of the most popular names you'll hear when it comes to Democrats. Whether you want to talk about his work as the vice president to Obama or you want to talk about his current presidential run, he's one of the most popular Democrats.

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In which political party will you find Elijah Cummings?

The civil rights advocate from Maryland served in the United States House of Representatives from 1996 until he died in October of 2019. He died of complications from a long-term health condition.

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Can you tell us whether Elizabeth Dole is a Democrat or Republican?

While you might be able to spot Bob Dole in a lineup, Elizabeth (Liddy) Dole could be a little more difficult. The Republican senator and author is also Bob Dole's wife. She was a member of the Senate from 2003-9.

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Mitch McConnell has gotten a lot of press recently. Do you know what party he belongs to?

You probably know him as the Senate majority leader or the man who was completely against anything that had to do with impeaching the president. McConnell has been in politics a long time, and is known for his skillful use of power.

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Is Patrick Kennedy a Democrat or Republican?

Patrick Kennedy worked as a member of the United States House of Representatives for 16 years. The son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick has always been an advocate for mental health needs, laws and services.

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