Election years: 1968 to present
Economic platform: “Pizza on every table,” “federal aid to surfing.”
While other “Peanuts” characters have also had a go at the higher office (Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus, among them), Snoopy may have come closest with his 1968 bid—complete with an official theme song, “Snoopy for President,” by the Royal Guardsmen, the band that had previously celebrated his World War One flying ace heroics in “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.” Though shot down this time, Snoopy would try again in 1972 and 1976. In 1980, as Ronald Reagan faced his own presidential race, the Republican candidate wrote cartoonist Charles Schulz, “Anything you can do to talk Snoopy out of running will be appreciated. How would he feel about a cabinet post?” See also: Alvin.