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  • Vice President

    25 7.96%
  • Cabinet Secretary

    37 11.78%
  • Senator or Congressperson

    164 52.23%
  • Governor

    54 17.20%
  • Military Officer (I.E. General, or Admiral)

    34 10.83%
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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Governor is the only public, chief executive listed - so I picked that one.
    Same for me.

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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    Pick one, please. And feel free to explain your thoughts.
    In order:

    1. Vice-President

    2a. Governor
    2b. Top Military Officer IF country is in war time

    3a. Secretary of State
    3b. Top Military Office with country not in of war time

    4. Senator

    5a. Congressman
    5b. Other Secretary positions

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    Here's my reasoning. The top three are there because they're the only ones with DIRECT, specific, 1:1 type ratio experience for the job of the President. The VP is basically functioning with direct on the job training. A governor is basically running a smaller version of the job. I put a military officer up there IF we're in war time, because in that situation the second job of the POTUS, Commander in Chief, is as much if not more important than the portion of "Chief Executive".

    The next two are because of very direct experience with important parts of the job. Even outside of War Time, experience in leading men and running the military gives an individual ample experience to be CIC, which is a big thing considering thet percentage of the government tied into military. And I think the experience working with the President, and being so entrined in foreign policy issues which are such a major part of the job, puts the Secretary of State ahead of the other secretaries and makes them a bit more than an individual running a beuacracy.

    Senators would be next, simply because in theory they should have had a longer time in than their Representative breathren by the time they're running for office. While not DIRECT experience to the job, it is a related experience that can be helpful in making the transition. Winning state wide election at least shows a reasonable ability to gather support over a large body.

    Then finally you have Representatives, who are similar to Senators but simply on a lower scale imho. And the lower secretaries, who I think gain more experience running beaucracies than actual direct Chief Executive type experience in their positions.

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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Which office best trains future Presidents?
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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    Pick one, please. And feel free to explain your thoughts.
    I would pick one of your choices, but it's not there. Your brain limits your ability to see things objectively or how others would see them. Interesting.
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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    Pick one, please. And feel free to explain your thoughts.


    I voted after i read the responses, but I voted as I would have in the first place.

    Apparently, most Americans like the experience offered by a first term since incumbents win pretty often even if they are revealing themselves to be miserable failures.

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    What's interesting is that, on the day the new President takes office, the world could change due to unforeseen circumstances and whatever credentials he brought to office might be suddenly irrelevant.

    Therefore, administrative abilities, team building, access to a good "bench" and decision making are the needed attributes.
    I am not of the mind that a man is either of science or of religion. At his best and his worst, man exists in the misty glimmering where the falling angel meets the rising ape. That he chooses a direction from that point defines him as human.

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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    Pick one, please. And feel free to explain your thoughts.
    Only one of those job descriptions is guaranteed to have executive experience. That job is governor. There are senators who have never held private sector jobs and like McCain, and Pilosi are generally disconnected from reality.
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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tothian View Post
    Pick one, please. And feel free to explain your thoughts.
    I think it has to be governor if one can only pick one. Vice President would be second. Being governor has already provided the candidate for president the experience of governing and hopefully working with the other party to get things accomplished.

    But regardless of experience, surrounding a newly elected president with good people, wise, experience people, advisers is and to be able to listen to them is in my view, much more important than an office one held prior to becoming president.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Looks like there is no easy answer. It all depends on the person/background/professional life though. Some have the experience necessary to make informed decisions, some don't. While they all may be very smart and learned, I prefer someone with a business background over lawyer and military personnel.
    From the options given, Gov is it for me.

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    Re: Which of the following offices best trains Presidents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    Looks like there is no easy answer. It all depends on the person/background/professional life though. Some have the experience necessary to make informed decisions, some don't. While they all may be very smart and learned, I prefer someone with a business background over lawyer and military personnel.
    From the options given, Gov is it for me.
    It is good when President and Vice President are a balance of experience.

    Economics is my weaker area when studying politics. Social issues and foreign relations interest me more.

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