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    Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    I'm asking this mainly because of the recent presidential speculation about Ben Carson, but this could also apply to other potential candidates whose names have been bounced around that have never held political office. Even if a candidate is a well spoken, intelligent, and successful individual whose policies you almost completely agree with, is that enough to make up for the lack of ever holding any sort of political office or working for the government on any level. Can that candidate be better than those who, although you might agree with them a little less, have extensive executive and/or legislative experience. Can this candidate overcome what I assume would be a large learning curve that other candidates would not have?
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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Well, Ben Carson has got a whole lot more issues to deal with than complete lack of experience!
    Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.

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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Can they? Sure. Would it take an incredibly exceptional person? You betcha.
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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Experience might not be necessary, but some kind of appropriate training is. I wouldn't want a lawmaker who isn't well versed in the law. I wouldn't want an executive who doesn't know how their constitutional powers actually work.
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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    I'm asking this mainly because of the recent presidential speculation about Ben Carson, but this could also apply to other potential candidates whose names have been bounced around that have never held political office. Even if a candidate is a well spoken, intelligent, and successful individual whose policies you almost completely agree with, is that enough to make up for the lack of ever holding any sort of political office or working for the government on any level. Can that candidate be better than those who, although you might agree with them a little less, have extensive executive and/or legislative experience. Can this candidate overcome what I assume would be a large learning curve that other candidates would not have?
    The job of President is well supported by bureaucratic structures and hopefully first line Persons with some experience. But the job is at least as complex and difficult as that of a brain surgeon. Do I really have to ask the question?

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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Can they? Sure. Would it take an incredibly exceptional person? You betcha.
    Are you thinking of Obama? Or was it the man that got us into Vietnam after showing his prowess in the Bay of Pigs?

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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Are you thinking of Obama?
    Obama held political office before he became president.

    Or was it the man that got us into Vietnam after showing his prowess in the Bay of Pigs?
    While alot of the fault for us getting into Vietnam is Kennedy's, we were there before him, and the war did not really start till he was dead.
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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Are you thinking of Obama? Or was it the man that got us into Vietnam after showing his prowess in the Bay of Pigs?
    A simple question about Carson's lack of experience got to post #6 before the dump on Obama and JFK contest started..

    Being governor of Texas sure BUSHwhacked this Nation into a war of deceit and lies because junior couldn't control chickenhawk Cheney .
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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    A simple question about Carson's lack of experience got to post #6 before the dump on Obama and JFK contest started..

    Being governor of Texas sure BUSHwhacked this Nation into a war of deceit and lies because junior couldn't control chickenhawk Cheney .
    Well then you have your answer. There might be a Man or woman of little experience that can handle the Presidency. And the risk of finding that person by tail and error costs trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. To elect a person of little experience seems to me quite irresponsible.

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    Re: Can a presidential candidate make up for a complete lack of political experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    Can this candidate overcome what I assume would be a large learning curve that other candidates would not have?
    Can they? Sure.

    Is it likely will they? Probably not.

    I would have to be absolutely blown away by the message and ability to articulate how said message could get implimented of a candidate, while likely having to be largely underwhelmed by the other candidate for it to ever happen.

    I don't want a guy who has never worked on vehicles to be my mechanic, no matter how knowledgable they sound about cars. I don't want a guy who has never performed surgery before to be my surgeon, no matter how knowledgable of anatomy he may be. And I generally don't want a person being my top governmental executive and commander in chief if he's got no experience engaging in issues of foreign or domestic policy.

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