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    Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    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?

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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?
    a test............... are you serious? And they can only run if they get an A+????

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    If a candidate doesn't understand the issues, their opponent would probably grill them over it anyway. This test would just complicate the process of electing the President, without producing any meaningful improvement in the system already in place.
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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?
    No, the Constitution is quite clear what is needed. As for understanding of the issues etc. the nomination process is suppose to weed out the weak, although it doesn't always work. Then there is the election. If the voters elect a candidate that doesn't have a basic understanding, your words, what happens next is on the voters or the American public as a whole.
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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    I can't see an actual test as anything more than a further complication in the nomination/election process. Although not perfect, gaining nomination and getting elected is supposed to be the test. Also, I would imagine that making a test that qualifies as objective would be a monumental task and could be subject to partisan bias.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    If a candidate can eat an entire live baby duck on TV, I will vote for them.
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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?
    They have to pass a very difficult test already: they have to win the votes of enough people to get the most electoral votes. That is harder than any test you can think up.

    Edit: I would look a lot smarter if all you guys would wait until I had posted my wisdom before posting the same thing I will post...
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    Tested... for STDs?
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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?
    It would make more sense to test the voters.

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    Re: Should US Presidential Candicates Be Tested?

    Well, honestly, we could have saved a lot of time if Sarah Palin had been tested. Seriously - I'm not saying this to be flip. I would venture to guess that John McCain also wishes she would have been tested. Would have saved him a lot of embarrassment, and possibly even won him the election. People all across the aisles were too afraid that he was going to kick the bucket, and we'd end up with a President who couldn't name a single newspaper she read regularly.
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