Who is the most qualified candidate running for president?

“Sen. Marco Rubio is telling his top donors that he is running for president because he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream,” reports the Associated Press.

“At around the same time as Hillary Clinton’s campaign team in Brooklyn, N.Y., was hitting send on the emails and tweets that officially launched Clinton’s presidential campaign, the former first lady was hitting the road — in a van,” writes NPR’s Domenico Montanaro.

“I have a message — a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words,” Sen. Rand Paul told supporters in Louisville, Ky last week. “We’ve come to take our country back.”

Today’s Question: Who is the most qualified candidate running for president? Is there someone else you’d like to see run?

  • whitedoggie44

    Too early to make this decision as I assume others will join this crowded field. What I do know is that election promises are almost always at odds with economic reality.

  • Rich in Duluth

    Well, what makes a person “most qualified” to be President? Is it the candidate’s personal agenda for the country, the agenda of the party the candidate represents, the ability to speak well, the ability to persuade, a thorough understanding of Congress and how to get bills passed, popularity and vote getting ability with the voters…? I think a “most qualified” candidate has all of these qualities, so all of the candidates listed are qualified. As things stand now, I think Clinton is “most qualified”, based almost solely on the agenda her party espouses and her, presumed, ability to be elected.

    I would like to see Elizabeth Warren run and win the election. Her personal agenda seems further left than Clintons and more in line with my preferences.

  • Gary F

    It will be interesting to see if the media will try to get Hillary to answer “gotcha” questions they way they will try to trip up the Republicans.

    • reggie

      With the Paul, Rubio, Jindahl, Ryan, and Christie, you really don’t have to try very hard. They’ll do it to themselves as they pander to the aptly named “base.”

  • John Dilligaf

    I like Rand Paul’s vision for America, with Rubio trailing slightly. I believe they’re both more qualified to take the reins than Ms. Clinton.

  • PaulJ

    Christie, the realist; I don’t know if the office can stand much more hype.

    • PaulJ

      Amy would be a good president.

      • Ulysses Tennyson

        Vice would be nice. Then Dayton could appoint another good Senator for Minnesota.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      Not to mention the strain on the flooring.

  • AndyBriebart

    A Walker/Rubio defeat of Clinton/Castro. There you have it folks.

    Think the media will bring up the Bill Clinton/Jeffrey Epstien junkets?

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      Well, there we have it as long as El Muchacho Dorado doesn’t have to explain exactly how his support of the Cuban Embargo isn’t one of those “stuck in the twentieth century” ideas he accuses all the grownups in the race of holding and as long as Scott Walker is able to find his way home from Europe. Mr. Walker’s current whereabouts are unknown following an incident in a German restaurant late Monday night where he reportedly demanded to be served only Wisconsin Muenster and that only by a non-union server.

  • Ulysses Tennyson

    Hilary Rodham, by an Illinois country mile.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      And if Christie should elect to join the compos mentis caucus they’d make an unbeatable combo at the ballot box and in the Oval Office. The best thing that could happen to this country now is to have Hilary at the helm and a Republican minority divided into its three psychopathic factions constantly with each other instead of with the government and people of America.

      • Ulysses Tennyson

        Make that four factions, counting Likud.

      • Ulysses Tennyson

        ..constantly at war with each other…,should read.

    • whitedoggie44

      The most bankrupt, corrupt state in the country. Good analogy.

      • Ulysses Tennyson

        Well it’s hard to argue that their finances are in particularly good shape, but she can hardly be held responsible for that. As for corruption, Louisiana and Mississippi are usually placed at the top. Eight of the top ten offenders on Forbes’ list are Republican controlled. Anyway, a mile’s a mile and Hilary’s miles ahead of the next candidate, whoever that may be, and head and shoulders above Rand Paul’s hairdo.

        • whitedoggie44

          Three of their ex governors went to prison, the public employee unions have destroyed the Illinois budget but you are correct, and his is not any fault of Clinton just he was hug unions that donate 99,65% to democrats who then negotiate with the unions for higher pay and benefits or unless you are John Corzine, the ex gov of NJ, you also have an affair the the head of the public employee unions. It’s a racket not much different

          • Ulysses Tennyson

            You’re message is a bit incoherent, Mr. whitedoggie44, but you seem to be saying that you received your English instuction from a non-union teacher, that Bill Clinton was caught hugging a public employee and that John Corzine is keeping you awake nights.

            Do I have it right?

          • whitedoggie44

            Writing while on a plane and a bit bumpy using an I Pad. Public unions that are allowed to finance the elections of their future bosses make no sense for any taxpayer. Funny as I have several golfing friends who were teachers and every one is a republican.

          • Ulysses Tennyson

            I am not sure how the law deals with your first point but will look into it some time. As for your golfing with Republicans, I have no problem with that so long as you’re not texting and driving.

          • Ulysses Tennyson

            And tell Bob to give the Robert Redford at the rodeo routine a rest and stop aiming for the turbulent spots.

    • AndyBriebart

      Just a stellar record as Secretary of State.

      • Ulysses Tennyson

        Thank you for your support.

    • PaulJ

      Aren’t dynasties un-American?

      • Ulysses Tennyson

        Who said anything about Chelsea?

        • Ulysses Tennyson

          But here’s some food for thought (for starters): Adams, Bush, Cuomo, Daley, Dodd, Harrison, Kennedy, Long, Rockefeller, Rumfoord, Taft.

          In point of fact, the American political ethos is far from anti-dynastic, democratic, and republican. The American public and media have long doted in the most embarrassing manner on the British royal family and continually seek to erect home-grown ersatz varieties in spite of the avowed egalitarianism of the “American Way of LIfe”.

          • PaulJ

            I guess one really couldn’t say the Adams were un-American. In spite of demagogy; the rest of that bunch and their cronies inherit enough privilege without including with it the big chair.

          • Ulysses Tennyson

            The Big Chair belongs at the foot of the High Bridge and if the Pillsburys try to move it they’re in for a fight that’ll make every cake fall from here to Minnetonka.

  • KTN

    On a foreign policy stand, Hilary is most certainly highly qualified, regardless of your opinion of her as a person. Since Benghazi is a non issue, like her email thing, she brings a lot to the office. But, I wonder about her on domestic issues moreover. I would be more in favor of Warren should she choose to run
    Cruz is a smart guy, but he sure says some stupid sh&t.
    Christy is to confrontational which wont play well with the pearl clutchers

    No opinion on Rubio Bush or Rand – all play well with the fringe, but little else.

    Either way, I’m not a fan of handing the office back and forth between family members.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      Warren couldn’t win. Cruz is an educated fool. Had to look up pearl clutcher. Rubio would make an outstanding altar boy and should consider it as a career. It is a little known that fact that Teddy Roosevelt was referring specifically to either Rand Paul or Rand Paul’s hairdo when he he wrote about the “lunatic fringe.” As for keeping it all in the family, you may have a point. Edith Wilson’s presidency was a pretty much unmitigated disaster and Thomas Marshall should certainly have succeeded Woodrow according to the Constitution. If Marshall hadn’t gotten us into the League he might at least have gotten us a good five-cent cigar. Inheritance by blood raises its own issues, of course, as we see in the case of George III, who was certainly of the lunatic fringe, although it’s hard to tell what it really looked like under the wig.

  • Gary F

    Why isn’t the media showing us what Hillary Clinton’s van looks like?

    What dont they want us to see?

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      That it’s a Lada, and it can fly. But don’t tell anyone where you heard it or they might send the pilot to rough me up again.

  • theoacme

    If I were voting for the Reichsfuhrer of the Fourth Reich (well, actually, the Fifth, as Israel is the Fourth Reich), I could vote for any or all of these fascists.

    If I were voting for the leader of a decent representative republic, well, I would rather be raped, tortured, and burned to death, than vote for any of these fascists…and all of them, and all of their supporters, would happily rape, torture, and lynch me and every member of my family.

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      oh.

  • PinkPanther

    If You do not like her leave the country….let Hillary be the first Woman president.

  • MNDFLer

    Those who support Hillary are simply unaware of history, they have no idea of the campaign fraud, her use of Secret service and P.I.s to harass opponents, the list goes on and on..you would know of these things of the ruthless crap of the Clintons if you were alive in the ’90s but the media has ignored 99% of it today.
    Hillary accomplished nothing as Sec of State. She promised 200,000 jobs as Senator of NY and made more lies than one can count..she was clueless but the real thing is this, (as admitted by even Mrs Bush on CNN interview 04/12/15) Both the Bush family and Clinton family view Presidential runs as their “main business” Maybe see this if you have the stomach for history.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mYW5nmS9ps

    • Ulysses Tennyson

      Not a question of what I have a stomach for (I did read your post, after all) it’s a question of how much time I have to waste on hatchet jobs from the right. If you have a real point, make it. If you have real facts, put them up. Don’t just make a lot of vague tired allegations and provide a link to some Koch-financed crap. You ain’t preachin’ to the choir here. And anyway you never answered the question of the day, if YOU can remember THAT far back, Jumbo.