PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
American politics has become so polarized and partisan. There is so much hatred for the other side that the opposition buries its head in the sand till the next election rather than working together. I'm looking for public servants with demonstrated work in governing effectively that would inspire a different kind of attitude in American Politics
- •Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)During her time as a Representative in Congress she was part of the Blue Dog Democrats, a coalition of moderate democrats. Because the area she represented was very middle of the road. After being appointed to the U.S. Senate seat to replace Hillary Clinton, she veered left. Not necessarily because of her views, but because she wants to accurately represent her constituency. She's wicked smart, not afraid to get into the details, and works very well across the aisle.
- •Mitch Daniels (R-IN)The former Governor of Indiana and current President of Purdue University turned the state of Indiana around during his eight years in office. He has called for a Republican truce on social issues and is passionate about the details of governing, which proved very effective in his time as Governor and before that as Director of the Office of Budget and Management. He worked with divided government and it produced results.
- •Joe Biden (D-DE)Joe Biden was an effective Senator with a killer reputation. He has that folksy demeanor that just draws people to him. I believe he would contribute a calmer tone to the rhetoric of this election.
- •Terry Branstad (R-IA)Governor Branstad is the longest serving Governor in United States history, currently in the middle of his sixth term and for much of that, he's had to work with a divided government. He has proven you can work effectively across the aisle and still govern one of the best run states in the union.
- •Corey Booker (D-NJ)The former Mayor of Newark and current US Senator from New Jersey understands what it means to be a leader and to be a public servant. He doesn't just cast the party line vote and he actively reaches out to those who oppose his views in order to hear their ideas and work towards a compromise.
- •Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)Elected in a deep blue state during the Republican wave of 2010, Mark Kirk has consistently proven he's not just a whim of his party. He's risen above the fray of Republican Party politics and worked to actually govern. He represents what the Senate is supposed to be, a body of intellectual people willing to get things done.