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    Only two senators went from the senate to the white house and that is Harding & JFK. Also, of those 15 senators that have become president, some were governors & VP's before they became CIC. Nixon, Johnson, Truman, Johnson, & John Tyler served as VP's. While Andrew Johnson, John Tyler, Van Buren, Andrew Jackson, and James Monroe were governors. When you look at the history a little further, you can see how senators haven't faired well in the last 100 years. Some people point to the fact that senators can be easily scrutinized via their voting records, whereas governors aren't. That's obviously part of it, but I don't think it's the main reason. I think that governors present the populace with a more fluid visualization, and track record of executive authority and performance. Look at this years election. The 3 people with a shot are all senators, none of which have ever even run a candy store. I find that to be troublesome. None have any executive experience to speak of. With a governor, you know how they like to run things, and what types of decisions they make when the pressures on. I think it's a real bad time to elect a senator with no executive experience, which is why my vote could be decided by who the VP choices are.
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    That's kinda what I was thinking. Thanks for fleshing out NEM's response. Good points.
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    I think he means expanding upon. Your answer was right on the money. ;)
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