The film was made and released in the year of 2008 which was the same year as a U.S. American presidential election which was contested by Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama with the latter winning the presidency.
According to co-screenwriter Jason Richman, the picture was inspired by the close result of the 2000 U.S. American Presidential election between Democrat Vice President Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush where the result came down to the southern American U.S. state of Florida and only around 500 votes.
The following characters had the following nick-names: Ernest Johnson (Kevin Costner - "Bud" ; Democrat Presidential candidate Donald Greenleaf (Dennis Hopper - "Don" ; incumbent Republican President Andrew Boone (Kelsey Grammer) - "Andy" ; Democrat Donald Greenleaf's Democrat campaign manager Arthur Crumb (Nathan Lane) - "Art" ; and Republican President Andrew Boone's Republican campaign manager Martin Fox (Stanley Tucci) - "Marty".
Political slogans for incumbent Republican President Andrew Boone (Kelsey Grammer) included: "For a Better America" ; "BOONE - 4 More Years"; "Re-elect BOONE"; "Border Safety with BOONE" ; and "BOONE for a Better America".
Political slogans for Democrat Presidential candidate Donald Greenleaf (Dennis Hopper) included: "Join Donald for Change" ; "A Voice for the People" ; and "The Greenleaf Express On the Road to a Brighter Future".
One of the presidential candidate characters, Democrat Presidential candidate Donald Greenleaf (Dennis Hopper, was first named "Donald", like 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, who is also first named "Donald".