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    Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    The GOP is having quite a few people thinking about running for the Presidency.....and the list keeps growing with people throwing their name out there.
    So far those that have given word are, as follows. (which they are not in any order of who is polling or currently on top.)

    1. Christie
    2. Paul
    3. Jindal
    4. Perry
    5. Santorum
    6. Bush
    7. West
    8. Pence
    9. Carson

    10. Cruz
    11. Rubio
    12. Huntsman


    Even with the limiting of the Debates. Advertising and the MS Media is looking for a field day to catch the GOP up, and with the gotcha moments.

    We have some popular figures here with Ego's to match. We have some that have never governed. So the question is.....should the RNC/GOP establishment only back those that have been Governors and know what it is like to govern a State, take care of budgets, and can get people to back to work, and have the record or working with the Demos, even if they weren't in control of anything.....or was?

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    We cannot afford a repeat of the last fiasco....the GOP needs to regain control of the party and be selective about who is "Allowed" to primary.

    Otherwise we do the nasty work ourselves, before the Dems even get to the party.

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    If a governor is the most viable/appealing candidate, so be it. However, I see no reason to arbitrarily limit the pool of candidates in order to fit a select mold. That could result in a loss of enthusiasm among one's own base and a strong feeling of disconnect between the electorate and the establishment.

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    This is one of the biggest pieces of conventional wisdom in contemporary politics -- the idea that voters instinctively prefer governors. People never fail to point out that only two sitting senators have been elected directly to the presidency -- Warren Harding in 1920 and John F. Kennedy in 1960. Until Obama.

    There is that question and thoughts about Governors vs Senators......or a State Rep.

    Usually governors win out over senators.....when the country wants leadership. Some of the stats out there show it for what it is.

    Now, there may not be that much relevance to discussing presidential candidacies from the 19th century. So let's look a little more closely at only the post-WWII era.

    Including the 2008 presumptive nominees, the major parties have nominated governors 8 times and sitting senators 7 times. The gubernatorial nominees since 1948 are:

    Tom Dewey (N.Y. Gov., 1948)
    Adlai Stevenson (Illinois Gov., 1952)
    Adlai Stevenson (former Ill. Gov., 1956)
    Jimmy Carter (former Ga. Gov., 1976)
    Ronald Reagan (former Calif. Gov., 1980)
    Michael Dukakis (Mass. Gov., 1988)
    Bill Clinton (Ark. Gov., 1992)
    George W. Bush (Tex. Gov., 2000)

    The nominees who were sitting senators were:

    John F. Kennedy (Mass., 1960)
    Barry Goldwater (Ariz., 1964)
    George McGovern (S.D., 1972)
    Bob Dole (Kan., 1996)
    John Kerry (Mass., 2004)
    Barack Obama (Ill., 2008)
    John McCain (Ariz., 2008)

    4/8 governors won; barring something unforeseen, by the end of 2008, 2/7 senators will have won. You might say this proves that governors do better than senators -- 50% of the governors nominated in the postwar era were elected and only 28% of the senators will have been.

    Again we have some here no matter what their elected office is or was......have Big Egos. Yet have not governed, talk about plans and some of them aren't even viable at times.

    Which here we will have people jumping into the race just take votes from another. Knowing they will be dropped, and some before a second debate.

    The country elected a Senator who tried to steal and play on the Kennedy mantra.....he has shown Government cannot be trusted. That he cannot be believe with what he says about important issues.....and he has weakened our standing with Leaders abroad.

    Shouldn't we be asking why are we picking a Senator. those defined.....that will have just as many problems as BO has. Albeit a few less scandals.

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    If a governor is the most viable/appealing candidate, so be it. However, I see no reason to arbitrarily limit the pool of candidates in order to fit a select mold. That could result in a loss of enthusiasm among one's own base and a strong feeling of disconnect between the electorate and the establishment.
    If you remember the last series of primary debates, and the "Interesting" group that beat each other up for a few months...you will know they did more damage to themselves and each other than the Democrats did. By the time it was boiled down....the soup was to bitter to eat.

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    Historically, governors have always made the best Presidents, with the exception of Kennedy.

    Two of the top 4 or 5 Presidents ever were governors of California.

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Historically, governors have always made the best Presidents, with the exception of Kennedy.

    Two of the top 4 or 5 Presidents ever were governors of California.
    Only one CA governor has ever been President.

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    If a governor is the most viable/appealing candidate, so be it. However, I see no reason to arbitrarily limit the pool of candidates in order to fit a select mold. That could result in a loss of enthusiasm among one's own base and a strong feeling of disconnect between the electorate and the establishment.
    In my opinion I believe that the GOP has to place under consideration a candidate that is somehow going to please both orthodox Republicans and the Tea Party branch, so your reasoning seems to be the best in the selection process--it's not if the candidate is a governor, it's how that person will unite the party as a whole.
    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    Quote Originally Posted by a351 View Post
    Only one CA governor has ever been President.
    Dammit. You're right, my bad. Nixon was a Senator, not a governor. Brain fart.

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    Re: Should the RNC/GOP only back Governors running for the Presidency?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Dammit. You're right, my bad. Nixon was a Senator, not a governor. Brain fart.
    Nixon a top 5 president? That might be another brain fart.

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