Even though not a single vote has been cast in a Republican primary or caucus, it looks like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump or Marco Rubio will get the nomination. Two are first term senators and one has never held political office. Many seem to think that little or no experience is required to be successful in the world’s most important and demanding job. I believe three highly qualified men are being overlooked. They are:
Jeb Bush – Bush has been governor of one of our largest states for two terms. He pursued many new policies while in power. Many suggested that his brother did not have the gravitas needed for the job, but nobody is making that charge against Jeb. He may not be able to come up with snappy remarks in a debate, but that is a skill of little use to someone living in the White House. Conservatives don’t care for him but he is with them most of the time. Many object to his last name. In this country, people should be judge for themselves, not their family.
Chris Christie – Christie has been a two term governor in a Democratic state. He has shown the ability to negotiate with a Democratic legislature (something that could come in handy next year). He is conservative on fiscal issues. He is combative but not in a mean way like Trump. He also has experience as a US Attorney. Some may object to his girth but that shouldn’t be a factor. He would be a strong candidate.
John Kasich – He is the most experienced candidate in the field serving 18 years in Congress and two terms as Ohio governor. He won reelection by almost two to one and would certainly deliver that key state to the GOP. His positions are solidly conservative. He may not generate the “buzz” of the front-runners but he should be considered.
Time will tell but it is possible that one or two of these guys might generate the serious attention they deserve.