The Democratic Republican Caucus nominated James Madison for President on 1/23/1808. The two contenders who lost, James Monroe and George Clinton, continued to campaign as independents, though Clinton was also running for VP on the Madison ticket. The Salem Gazette reported on 1/29/1808 that dissident DRP members of Congress had agreed upon a ticket of Clinton for President and Monroe for VP, but in fact such a ticket only emerged in New York State.
Throughout 1808, the effects of the Embargo Act began to be felt. The initial public support for the act waned as businesses began to fail. Rumors spread of DRP opposition to the Embargo Act, including VP Clinton and NH Governor John Langdon. Langdon responded to the accusations against him on 9/9/1808, supporting the Embargo (printed in the Boston MA Democrat, 9/17/1808).
In the meantime, VP Clinton continued to jockey for position. The Madison campaign was quite annoyed at this, and the newspaper the National Aegis included an editorial on 6/29/1808 that if Clinton did not drop his presidential campaign, the DRP would abandon him as the VP nominee.
Madison supporters in New York State decided to punish Clinton. They held a convention at Fishkill on 7/30/1808 and endorsed James Madison for President and John Langdon (NH's DR Governor) for Vice President. [Federal Republican & Commercial Gaze