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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Those are reasons why we should test people. At least we would know we were getting someone who is knowledgeable.
    Do you really think what a candidate scores on a test will make a difference to the voters? Besides it would take a constitutional amendment to change the qualifications. That stands less of a chance of a snow ball surviving in hell.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    I think it's time to come up with some more stringent requirements for someone to be President of the United States. Right now we only require that a person be a minimum age and be born in the US. We need a little more than that for such an important office. Presidential candidates should be required to take a test to make sure that they have at least a basic understanding of some of the major issues and are able to give some sort of decent analysis of the current major points of tension in foreign policy.

    What do you think, is it time for US Presidential candidates to be tested?
    I sort of agree with your idea. Not a graded test exactly, but a form that the candidate would have to fill out that lists their experience and their positions on important issues. Like a resume basically.

    And it shouldn't just be the president either, it should be for anyone running for any public office in the country.

    It would make being an informed voter so much easier.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Who would make this "test"? How are you gonna make sure its not biased? Who grades them?


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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    I'm more for the voter having to pass a test. It irks me to no end that a dumbass from Hicktown, who still thinks the world is flat, has a vote that counts as much as mine.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Not a bad idea.

    But I don't think the test would mean much as the candidates would just be coached for days before hand (like they are before debates).

    I just don't think it would say anything.

    A far better test, IMO, would be to get them loaded up with a 'truth drug' (like sodium thiopental) and then ask them what they REALLY think about the major issues...then you might begin to understand what they really think and know.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    While the campaigns and elections are a test, candidates should be required to demonstrate that they have a command of the understanding of the issues that they will be faced with when they assume office. I also disagree that good executives don't rely on their own knowledge and experience. Large successful corporations always select someone with at least some experience directing some crucial operation of a large firm.
    The bolded above is true and yet the voters elected Obama despite that lack of experience or even knowing what he could not do. What sells to the voting public is promises not any actual results. Romney had far more "credentials" which would pass a test but lacked the BS that wins elections. The voters did not want some "official" test board to limit their options,,based on reality, they wanted hope and change.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Not a bad idea.

    But I don't think the test would mean much as the candidates would just be coached for days before hand (like they are before debates).

    I just don't think it would say anything.

    A far better test, IMO, would be to get them loaded up with a 'truth drug' (like sodium thiopental) and then ask them what they REALLY think about the major issues...then you might begin to understand what they really think and know.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    I voted no because I wouldnt want it to be in any legally binding way, but something they were challenged to (like debates)....that could be kind of cool and the people would still be able to decide for themselves.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    The bolded above is true and yet the voters elected Obama despite that lack of experience or even knowing what he could not do. What sells to the voting public is promises not any actual results. Romney had far more "credentials" which would pass a test but lacked the BS that wins elections. The voters did not want some "official" test board to limit their options,,based on reality, they wanted hope and change.
    IMHO The fact that the masses pay more attention to promises than substance is all the more reason why we need to test candidates, so that the masses will at least elect someone who is knowledgeable.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    Do you really think what a candidate scores on a test will make a difference to the voters? Besides it would take a constitutional amendment to change the qualifications. That stands less of a chance of a snow ball surviving in hell.
    Regardless of whether it makes a difference to voters, at least we would be assured that we have a candidate in there that has some minimum knowledge about the affairs of the world.

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