Christie: Don’t pick members of Congress for POTUS

posted at 12:00 pm on March 18, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

I read a lot of complaints about Mitt Romney every week. (Many of them right here!) But whether you support him or not, Chris Christie clearly feels that Mitt has one thing going for him. Hey… at least he wasn’t a congressman.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stumped on behalf of Mitt Romney in a Chicago suburb today, telling the crowd packed into a student center at Elmhurst College that it would be a bad idea to send a member of Congress to the Oval Office.

“In our Republican primary, let’s be very leery, very wary of sending another member of Congress to the White House. Now see members of Congress they can be okay, but they don’t know the first thing most of the time about using executive authority. They don’t know the first thing about getting things done,” said Christie. “We don’t need Ron Paul, we don’t need Newt Gingrich , and we don’t need Rick Santorum. We need an executive. We need Mitt Romney in the White House.”

We don’t have a large sample to draw from in terms of men whose primary previous experience came from being members of Congress, though people from many different roles have held the office of President. We used to elect ambassadors to other nations on a fairly regular basis, but that pretty much ended with Buchanan. (George H.W. Bush was Ambassador to the UN, but he also served as VP and head of the CIA, so that doesn’t really count.) The last cabinet member to go straight to the Oval Office was Hoover. (Commerce) We’ve had three generals who never held elected office, with mixed results.

The only member of the House (who didn’t later move on to higher office) in living memory to serve was Ford, but he’s something of a wild card since he was never technically “elected” to anything except his House seat. And there aren’t many people left who could remember any Senators who moved on to the West Wing except for JFK and, of course, the current occupant.

So maybe Christie has a point. The Governor’s office is a far more common launching point, with nearly half of our presidents having held that office prior to being elected. But which governor is Christie really talking about here? Massachusetts or… New Jersey?


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At this point in time the only reason I would vote for Romney is he’s not Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, period. I believe Newt has passed the expiration date.

Marcus on March 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Executive experience is good, if it is the right kind of experience. Signing RomneyCare into law, not such good experience.

txmomof6 on March 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney 2012: BTO.

Joe Mama on March 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Chris Christie threads seem to have lost their mojo.

celtic warrior on March 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

And Christie would be right. Congress is made up of a bunch of good old boys/girls set in their own little Worlds .I don’t care which Party it is it’s more like a frat house.Perpetual seat warmers who spend decades there. The Founding Fathers never meant for this to be a permanent job to milk for all it’s worth.

sandee on March 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

STASTFU FATSO!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Christie certainly does have a point. Legislators operate in an entirely different environment with entirely different priorities in doing what they need to do. To put it briefly, legislators are “Deal Guys” and Governors are “Gate Keepers”…..completely different mind sets.
Having said that, it just not enough to pick some random executive type and walk away thinking we’ve solved the problem. We need the RIGHT executive type. An executive type with some integrity would be nice!
Mitt Romney hasn’t the foggiest notion what he’s going to “believe in” a month from now. All he’s got is a finely crafted portfolio of “positions” designed to get him past the next primary, and not one conviction….not one!

Lew on March 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Chris Christie threads seem to have lost their mojo.
celtic warrior on March 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

++++++++++++++++++++++++

^^^ This. Could do with less about CC.

fabrexe on March 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Barbara Boxer for President!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Executive experience is absolutely great. But not just any executive experience, conservative executive chops are what we need.

It’s like if you have waffles but no syrup….what’s the point? Or say, you have a beach but no flip flops to wear….sorry I’m not so good at these things. Ok, wait, say you have a panda bear…….eh, never mind

Dongemaharu on March 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Don’t pick members of Congress for POTUS

That plus term limits would be a good start.

petefrt on March 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Santorum was fired by the biggest margin in history by the people that know him best. Why would we want to hire him as our nominee for President?

BobScuba on March 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

When Perry was in the race, I stated that this race would come down to

Gov Perry, former Gov Romney, and Speaker Gingrich as the dark horse.

Perry dropped out, and the only former Governor left in the race is Romney.

I believe all that Newt Gingrich has to do is outlast Rick Santorum who will run out of money.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Of course he is right. Look at the idiot senator America has elected…and his vice president dufus.

rubberneck on March 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I agree with Christie. POTUS is an executive position. Congressmen don’t typically have that kind of experience.

cheeflo on March 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Or squishy left-leaning governors from northeaster states (even if they do produce great sound bites).

RoadRunner on March 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

It’s not his support of Romney, or his weight problem, but he has the manner of an tediously obnoxious bully.

CorporatePiggy on March 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The progressive (R) of New Jersey weighs in with support for the more progressive (R) from Massachusetts by arguing his opponent comes from congress. I think a better argument can be had for, the Republican party should not pick members of the opposition party ideology for POTUS. That takes Christie and Romney out of the running.

astonerii on March 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Harry Reid, Bernard Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Lisa Murkowski,John Kerry, John McCain, Debbie Stabenow, Barbara Mikwlski, Charles Shumer, and Patty Murray FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Brainfat…I mean Brainfart!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Christie’s feelings on Congresspeople can thusly be summed up as: “Fuhgetaboudit”

Bitter Clinger on March 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Santorum never managed anything in his life. He is a politician and a lobbyist. He cannot even organize a campaign and had failed to qualify in states after states as a candidate, nor could he put together delegate slates in scores of districts he managed to meet the numbers. That is someone you should trust to run a complex organization like the country?

galtani on March 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The progressive (R) of New Jersey weighs in with support for the more progressive (R) from Massachusetts by arguing his opponent comes from congress. I think a better argument can be had for, the Republican party should not pick members of the opposition party ideology for POTUS. That takes Christie and Romney out of the running.

astonerii on March 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Literally

Bitter Clinger on March 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

While I prefer executive leadership, it isn’t true that any executive is better than any legislature. A competent Congressman can have a better understanding of the nation’s problems than a Governor, whose job is usually more myopic.

I’m not sure how seriously anyone is taking any of these comments. In 2016, I doubt that Christie would endorse a Democrat Governor (like Maryland’s Martin O’Malley) over a Republican Senator like Rubio.

Mister Mets on March 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I read a lot of complaints about Mitt Romney every week. (Many of them right here!) But whether you support him or not, Chris Christie clearly feels that Mitt has one thing going for him. Hey… at least he wasn’t a congressman.

It’s not that he’s not been a congressman, it’s that he’s a fabulous executive.

Basilsbest on March 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I prefer a Governor over a legislator as well, but we dont have a Republican Governor in this primary.

boogaleesnots on March 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Just don’t pick a fat blowhard liberal Gov. or a gov. who gave us Obamacare. Christie is such a douche.

they lie on March 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Or squishy left-leaning governors from northeaster states (even if they do produce great sound bites).

RoadRunner on March 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Well said.

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I believe all that Newt Gingrich has to do is outlast Rick Santorum who will run out of money. Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Either you don’t understand how the nominee is chosen or you are Innumerate. Gingrich has the same chance as Palin. Zero.

Basilsbest on March 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

ABO. Memorize it. Cuddle it tenderly to your breast. Repeat it to yourself hourly.

a capella on March 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Don’t let the media pick the President.

albill on March 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I believe all that Newt Gingrich has to do is outlast Rick Santorum who will run out of money.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You know the primaries have started already, right?

almosthandsome on March 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

You know the primaries have started already, right?

almosthandsome on March 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Yes and their campaign donations have been tallied.

You can view Rick Santorum’s campaign donation ranking on the graph.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

BobScuba on March 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

How many times has Mitt been elected to office?
How many times Rick has been elected?
How many times Newt has been elected?

antisocial on March 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Gee, that kinda narrows it down, doesn’t it?

Hmmm…

fossten on March 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Let’s not hold all members of Congress up to the massive failures of an inexperienced boob who should never have even gotten elected senator (might not have running in a state other than IL), and who basically bought his prezuhduncy and made fools of almost 60 million American in the process. As for governors–I wouldn’t vote for the gov of IL for do-do man–oh no wait, with our state legislature he already is.

stukinIL4now on March 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

antisocial on March 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

How many times was any of the candidates voted out by a huge margin or left congress in shame?

rubberneck on March 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

We’ve had three generals who never held elected office

The “three” generals in question:

George Washington
Zachary Taylor
Ulysses Grant
Dwight Eisenhower

Looks like Jazz Shaw gets his history information from the same place Barack Obama does.

BTW, two other generals became president without holding an elected office of much consequence. The only office Benjamin Harrison was elected to was court reporter for the Indiana Supreme Court (though he was later appointed as a US senator, and the only elected office Chester Arthur held was a vice president for all of six months before James Garfield’s assassination.

bgoldman on March 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

a 20-year politician…who wasn’t in Congress because he got Kennedy’d…whatever dude.

When you run on nothing, you get nothing. That’s the Romney headline post-election.

John Kettlewell on March 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

rubberneck on March 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Answer the question.

antisocial on March 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Carter & Clinton were governors. Policy matters too.

29Victor on March 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

antisocial on March 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM

How many times was any of the candidates voted out by a huge margin or left congress in shame?

rubberneck on March 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

He didn’t run for reelection to his governorship because his approval ratings were rock bottom? Are you sure you want to play this game?

JannyMae on March 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

It’s not the only criteria for POTUS, but it’s a good one, and one of the reasons I am still POed at the GOP for foisting McCain upon the voters. Two senators running against each other for President? Talk about the lesser of two evils.

Socratease on March 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Let’s try that again.

WHO didn’t run for reelection to his governorship because his approval ratings were rock bottom? Are you sure you want to play this game?

JannyMae on March 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

JannyMae on March 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Lol.
As this thread devolves into a fight between Rmoney and Santorum camps, at least we have your comment.

bgoldman on March 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I hope to find the motivation to check the accuracy of your comment. (Don’t have it now–other stuff to do.)

But, thank you for it. That is an interesting point to me. (You are a bit of an historian, no?)

RedCrow on March 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

How convenient for fatty, damn he’s a governor!

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

If you vote for Candidate-X, You’re voting for BHO.

(I think I’m catching on)

eforhan on March 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

How convenient for fatty…

0bamaBushderangementsyndrome on March 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Why are liberals so shallow and judgemental?

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

antisocial on March 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Ok, both Santorum and Gingrich are complete losers and 3rd rate candidats. That good for you?

rubberneck on March 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You know the primaries have started already, right?

almosthandsome on March 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Yes and their campaign donations have been tallied.

You can view Rick Santorum’s campaign donation ranking on the graph.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

http://projects.wsj.com/campaign2012/delegates

That’s how we get the nominee. Delegates. Votes. Not Sheldon Adelson’s checkbook.

almosthandsome on March 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If you vote for Candidate-X, You’re voting for BHO.

(I think I’m catching on)

eforhan on March 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Ah! You’re new, huh?
(Lol)
Welcome to HA, home of self-defeatists.

RedCrow on March 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

How convenient for fatty…

0bamaderangementsyndrome on March 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Why are liberals so shallow and judgemental?

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

The man is likely to burst in front of our very eyes any day now. I only speak the truth.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Santorum was fired by the biggest margin in history by the people that know him best. Why would we want to hire him as our nominee for President?

BobScuba on March 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Not even close.

http://www.edisonresearch.com/home/archives/2010/08/senator_blanche_lincoln_headed_for_a_historic_defeat.php

Stoic Patriot on March 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Christie is correct about this, as a general rule, all other things being somewhat equal. Though I wonder why he didn’t say it back when Pawlenty and Perry were in the race?

We need a brokered convention that picks a successful two term Governor. Voting for Gingrich or Santorum is the only way to get there.

fadetogray on March 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

0bamaBushderangementsyndrom on March 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

So, you’re vying for the title of Captain Obvious this afternoon? There is enough to discuss about his statement regarding governors. Attacking his weight is lazy and superfluous along with being shallow and judgemental.

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

The more I see and hear from CC, the less I like the tub of lard. The worst part of Romney’s resume is the time he spent governing like a wild eyed libtard.

David in ATL on March 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Santorum was fired by the biggest margin in history by the people that know him best. Why would we want to hire him as our nominee for President?

BobScuba on March 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Not even close.

http://www.edisonresearch.com/home/archives/2010/08/senator_blanche_lincoln_headed_for_a_historic_defeat.php

Stoic Patriot on March 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

That was a really interesting read actually. So only the worst loss in about 26 years.

almosthandsome on March 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Santorum was fired by the biggest margin in history by the people that know him best. Why would we want to hire him as our nominee for President?

BobScuba on March 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Because he has the courage of his convictions, unlike the weather vane.

Voters should choose the candidate they want. Sorry, Christie.

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Not even close.

http://www.edisonresearch.com/home/archives/2010/08/senator_blanche_lincoln_headed_for_a_historic_defeat.php

Stoic Patriot on March 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Speaking of Lincolns, in 1858, Abraham Lincoln lost his Illinois senate race to Stephen A. Douglas. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the presidency.

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

antisocial on March 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Ok, both Santorum and Gingrich are complete losers and 3rd rate candidats. That good for you?

rubberneck on March 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Not all of our candidates are the most Conservative that we could field. But they’re all good. A lot of their supporters suck. But any one of these guys would be head and shoulders above Obama.

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Speaking of Lincolns, in 1858, Abraham Lincoln lost his Illinois senate race to Stephen A. Douglas. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the presidency.

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Lincoln won a four way race with just under 40% of the total vote.

A candidate who gets under 40% this year will have been annihilated.

fadetogray on March 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Voters should choose the candidate they want. Sorry, Christie.

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

In the primary, YES.
If you won’t vote for Rmoney in the general (if he gets the nomination), you are a spoiled child, and will reap the rewards of four more years of the clown we have now.

(I’ll gladly vote for Santorum in the general. Will you vote for Rmoney?)

(PS–not a spelling error. A genius idea by Bmore to make Mitt more appealing to urban voters.)

RedCrow on March 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

The “three” generals in question:

George Washington
Zachary Taylor
Ulysses Grant
Dwight Eisenhower

Looks like Jazz Shaw gets his history information from the same place Barack Obama does.

BTW, two other generals became president without holding an elected office of much consequence. The only office Benjamin Harrison was elected to was court reporter for the Indiana Supreme Court (though he was later appointed as a US senator, and the only elected office Chester Arthur held was a vice president for all of six months before James Garfield’s assassination.

bgoldman on March 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

What about Andrew Jackson? Why’s he being left out? By my count that makes 5 generals we’ve elected to POTUS.

Dark Star on March 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

But any one of these guys would be head and shoulders above Obama.

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

THIS.

I get so tired of repeating myself on threads that invariably devolve into “flame wars” between Mitt, Rick, and Newt camps.

I’ll vote for a suspicious stain on the wall over Odumbo.

Thanks for saying it for me.

RedCrow on March 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM

You can view Rick Santorum’s campaign donation ranking on the graph.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

If money is the only consideration then Mitt clearly has the advantage. What says more to me about a candidate is this; where are they campaigning? Santorum is going to the conservative areas while Mitt is campaigning in liberal/moderate cites. I like Newt a lot, but I have no idea why he was speechifying way north of Chicago. I’d choose Newt easily over Romney though.

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

stukinIL4now

Great moniker! Me too.

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Perry dropped out, and the only former Governor left in the race is Romney.

I believe all that Newt Gingrich has to do is outlast Rick Santorum who will run out of money.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Perry’s 15-minute candidacy had to have been one of the biggest blown opportunities I’ve ever seen in my life. The guy had it in the palm of his hand, and muffed it by going after Romney instead of Obama. Gingrich with his egotistical strutting around after his overtaking Romney in the polls is probably comes in second.

ddrintn on March 18, 2012 at 1:48 PM

What about Andrew Jackson? Why’s he being left out? By my count that makes 5 generals we’ve elected to POTUS.

Dark Star on March 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Ah, never mind my above post, we are only talking about Generals elected to POTUS without having ever held elected office — Jackson was a US Rep. & Senator in between his military experience & being POTUS. I got lost in the conversation. bgoldman is right — there were 4 generals elected to POTUS without holding another elected office.

Dark Star on March 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM

ABO. Memorize it. Cuddle it tenderly to your breast. Repeat it to yourself hourly.

a capella on March 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

^^^^THIS^^^^

ladyingray on March 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM

In the primary, YES.
If you won’t vote for Rmoney in the general (if he gets the nomination), you are a spoiled child, and will reap the rewards of four more years of the clown we have now.

(I’ll gladly vote for Santorum in the general. Will you vote for Rmoney?)

(PS–not a spelling error. A genius idea by Bmore to make Mitt more appealing to urban voters.)

RedCrow on March 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Yep, I will vote for Romney if he’s the nom. I’m glad you would vote for Santorum if he is. I did mean choose who you prefer in the primaries.

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Hey, thanks for your reply.

Yep. All of the GOP candidates have their faults. I’m not thrilled about any of them, but ALL of them are heads and shoulders above Obama. (On their worst day.)

RedCrow on March 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Money isn’t the only consideration, but they need money to stay in the race. I read somewhere that there are folks in Texas, are trying to raise upwards of 2 million for Santorum in Texas. That’s not going to be an issue for Mitt Romney.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“… but they [Presidents who were former members of Congress] don’t know the first thing most of the time about using executive authority …” — Gov. Christie

While true in general, Obama has proven to be quite effective at using, misusing, and abusing executive authority. Were he not so lazy, he’d have accomplished many more authoritarian acts by now.

Why? Because Congress, the mainstream media, and frankly the American populace in general have abdicated their responsibility, thus condoning and allowing it …

ShainS on March 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Dark Star on March 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

You are correct.
Interestingly only Washington and Madison led armies in the field as President and thus Commander and Chief.

Look, at this point we are down to Rom, San. and Newt; Paul is a flake and needs to be treated as such.
ANY of these is better, by orders of magnitude, than JugEars.

I like Christie, in small doses and as a governor and that’s it, so he can forget about running in ’16.

Bubba Redneck on March 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

RedCrow, I’m almost afraid to ask some people if they would vote for the nominee if their choice doesn’t win. I’m just glad to have more than two guys to choose from (primaries) in the Peoples Republic of Il.

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

By the way, for all of you calling for term limits, we have them. They are called elections.
Vote.

Bubba Redneck on March 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

That’s how we get the nominee. Delegates. Votes. Not Sheldon Adelson’s checkbook.

almosthandsome on March 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Sure and Mitt Romney isn’t going to run any more negative ads in each state against Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney is ahead in the delegate count. Rick Santorum is behind in raising campaign money. This isn’t algebra.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Yep, Rmoney pretty much fits. (Thanks RedCrow and Bmore.)

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 2:09 PM

He didn’t run for reelection to his governorship because his approval ratings were rock bottom? Are you sure you want to play this game?

JannyMae on March 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I’d think that would be a feature not a bug. He was too conservative for the Mass libs. Those 800 vetoes must have hurt him with the Dems

bluealice on March 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Lightswitch on March 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Lol. (Biting bottom lip) I feel your pain.

There are a lot of folks here who say, “If X gets the nomination I’ll…,” and they finish with write-ins, vote for Obama, stay home, etc.

That kind of nonsense is what will lose the election for us. Besides media influence and democrat mastery of voter fraud, I think that’s the next great danger in November. (And those folks are spoiled children ,IMO.)

RedCrow on March 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

But which governor is Christie really talking about here? Massachusetts or… New Jersey?

It doesn’t matter. Christie is right.

Minnfidel on March 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Christie has a point, as far as it goes. Paul Ryan would be the exception, with personal qualities of intellect, courage, energy, and wisdom that place him above other Representatives, Senators — and Governors.

Sowell Disciple on March 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I’d think that would be a feature not a bug. He was too conservative for the Mass libs. Those 800 vetoes must have hurt him with the Dems

bluealice on March 18, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I strongly agree. Also, Santorum’s defeat at the hands of the “Catholic” Casey who lied to the voters of PA about being pro-life, but then voted for Obamacare, is certainly not a strike against Santorum.

Any conservative who has fought the good fight in blue territory will have scars. Those scars are badges of honor.

fadetogray on March 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Santorum is NOT the “true conservative” alternative. He has been Pro-Abortion and against Right to Work laws.

scotash on March 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Santorum is not the “true conservative” alternative.

scotash on March 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Neither is Paul, Romney or Gingrich but, you gotta pick someone…

Fallon on March 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

This is the next guy they will try to shove down our throat.

KBird on March 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Agree that executive experience is good but we also need someone who has an understanding of government operations and what is possible/legal. The argument could also be made that we need someone with military service – you can get plenty of executive experience as a staff officer and you’d understand the military mission/apability. People really need to get over the idea that the federal govt can be run like a mom & pop shop where the slacker is given the heave ho and the boss is sitting counting the days earnings every night.

katiejane on March 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Christie is correct! Mitt Romney is running against the 3 Stooges.

lhuffman34 on March 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Christie is such a douche.

they lie on March 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Nothing more to add.

tencole on March 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM

The United States federal government is the world’s largest operation, with an annual budget greater than the entire economy of every other country in the world except Japan and China. Millions of civilian employees, tens of thousands of laws and regulations to enforce.

And yet we consider electing people to the office who couldn’t even get an interview for an executive position at a mid-cap corporation based on their experience. It’s insane.

Adjoran on March 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Yes and their campaign donations have been tallied.

You can view Rick Santorum’s campaign donation ranking on the graph.

Dr Evil on March 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Regarding broad popular support for the candidates, the most telling stat in the table you referenced (thanks for linking that by the way) is Romney’s percentage of contributions from small individual donors, 10%.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on March 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

But which governor is Christie really talking about here? Massachusetts or… New Jersey?

It doesn’t matter. Christie is right.

Minnfidel on March 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Yeah, sure. Christie’s right until it comes time for the establishment to start marketing Rubio as the greatest thing since Lincoln. But…

Christie has a point, as far as it goes. Paul Ryan would be the exception, with personal qualities of intellect, courage, energy, and wisdom that place him above other Representatives, Senators — and Governors.

Sowell Disciple on March 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

…it can be taken overboard.

ddrintn on March 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Though I wonder why he didn’t say it back when Pawlenty and Perry were in the race?

fadetogray on March 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Now that is some food for thought.

jazzuscounty on March 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Gov. Christie is right. The U.S. Presidency is an executive position that requires executive experience.

Newt Gingrich claims we need an “big ideas man” to be our President.

Newt has certainly had a lot of ideas since he resigned from Congress in 1999.

But can anybody name a couple of Newt Gingrich’s big ideas that Newt actually executed since he left Congress over 20 years ago? And what were the results of these ideas after they were executed?

Executing big ideas requires a completely different skill set than talking about big ideas.

wren on March 18, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Don’t pick members of Congress for POTUS

Right, right, right Chris!

We want our next POTUS to be the RiNO to legislate the nation’s first socialized medical program. Absolutely!

Mr Galt on March 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

So, if our candidate were a Senator, and the Democratic candidate were a governor, Christie would have to vote for the Democrat?

Or does ideology matter at all?

Yes, executive experience is better, other things being equal. But a liberal executive is not therefore better than a conservative Senator with a dozen years experience in the Senate.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Santorum got his law degree and mba by age 26, spent 5 or 6 years as a private attorney then went straight into the Beltway Bubble where he stayed for the next 15 years or so with little if any time spent in the wider world outside.

Santorum has no national policy successes attached to his name, no record of bringing widely disparate political elements together for the betterment of the nation as a whole, no history of running a large organization of people, and no dimplomatic/foreign affairs credential to point at and say with a straight face that he’s qualified to be President.

He is in fact woefully underqualified imo, just like Obama. A lawyer 6 years out of college before becoming a Congresscritter with no other job his entire life? Santorum and Obama are two sides of the same clueless tone deaf career-in-government coin, and the coin has no value anymore if it ever did.

Romney needs to answer for many of the decisions he made as Governor of Mass. But he was hardly mike dukakis and his range of private and public sector experience make it much more likely imo that he’d do the right thing if an attentive determined Congress and American public hold his feet to the fire.

Sacramento on March 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

antisocial on March 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Ok, both Santorum and Gingrich are complete losers and 3rd rate candidats. That good for you?

rubberneck on March 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You’re leaving out a couple….

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 18, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Santorum got his law degree and mba by age 26, spent 5 or 6 years as a private attorney then went straight into the Beltway Bubble where he stayed for the next 15 years or so with little if any time spent in the wider world outside.

Santorum has no national policy successes attached to his name, no record of bringing widely disparate political elements together for the betterment of the nation as a whole, no history of running a large organization of people, and no dimplomatic/foreign affairs credential to point at and say with a straight face that he’s qualified to be President.

He is in fact woefully underqualified imo, just like Obama. A lawyer 6 years out of college before becoming a Congresscritter with no other job his entire life? Santorum and Obama are two sides of the same clueless tone deaf career-in-government coin, and the coin has no value anymore if it ever did.

Romney needs to answer for many of the decisions he made as Governor of Mass. But he was hardly mike dukakis and his range of private and public sector experience make it much more likely imo that he’d do the right thing if an attentive determined Congress and American public hold his feet to the fire.

Sacramento on March 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Four years in the House and 12 years in the Senate. Leave off the claim that he’s “woefully underqualified.”

Romney’s qualifications are basically his business experience and his single term as a governor. Business experience has never been shown to be a qualification for President, though I’m sure it helps in some ways. And his record as governor of Massachusetts is, in fact, the single biggest argument against choosing him for President.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Dark Star

We actually elected 12 generals or former generals as president – Washington, Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Taylor, Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and Eisenhower.

Jackson was elected as a congressman and a US senator before becoming president or, in fact, a general.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miLKRdmyNh4

bgoldman on March 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Neighborhood Im not praising Romney and think he is chock full of problems. But if the GOP had fielded its A-Team this year, Romney would be an also-ran by now and Santorum would be a never-ran.

Sacramento on March 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

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