View Poll Results: How much importance do YOU put on experience when you cast your vote?

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  • Hugely important to me. Critical, even.

    5 16.67%
  • Important, but not a litmus test.

    11 36.67%
  • Somewhat important, but pretty low on the scale.

    8 26.67%
  • Not important whatsoever.

    3 10.00%
  • Other.

    3 10.00%
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Thread: How important is experience when choosing a President?

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    Re: How important is experience when choosing a President?

    The reality in modern times is that Presidents are largely spokespeople. You vote for a candidate. That candidate brings in a whole team of people. Like 90% of that team will be the same for any Republican regardless of which Republican candidate you pick and 90% with be the same from one Democrat to another. That team isn't just the cabinet, it is hundreds of people. The team is who really makes the vast majority of the decisions. Most of the time, the President's job is to act as the liaison between that team and the public- they're a spokesperson.

    Now, that isn't entirely true. There are times when a President steers the team in a particular way. But, that's actually pretty rare. Most often what the public perceives as a President pushing for something is actually a push that has been percolating up the chain from a lot of different quarters for a long time and regardless of which member of the party was in the oval office, it would emerge at about the same time and in about the same way.

    So, experience in political leadership roles does matter, but isn't crucial. The most important thing, by far, is which party they're from. Second to that, you have their platform, which suggests how their team might differ slightly from another member of their party. Third, the people they have around them while they're running give you a pretty good idea of how they might shape their team a bit differently.

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    Re: How important is experience when choosing a President?

    I would take wisdom and character above all else, which may be why Lincoln, with very little experience as a politician, is my favorite.

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    Re: How important is experience when choosing a President?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    I think my ideal president would be one who knows how to work the system but wants to change said system at the same time.

    Since, IMO, many if not all of the issues we have are caused by the system...
    Obama has changed the system with his magic pen; not the effective change many hoped for.

    Not only does a president need to be able to work within the system, but also be able to work with others within the system, something Obama has no aptitude for. I'll bet he can't even pronounce the word "consensus."

    It doesn't fit his ideology.
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    Re: How important is experience when choosing a President?

    I would rather they be experienced at living without the teat of government in their mouths.

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    Re: How important is experience when choosing a President?

    Experience at what, exactly? Being president? Obviously that's not an option. Experience in an executive branch? Governors haven't made any better presidents than anyone else. Military experience? Business experience? Legislative experience? Judicial experience? As it turns out, as long as you're doing something, and doing it well, that experience translates. Leadership in any form works just as well as any other.
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