Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 9): Carly Fiorina

Even as I begin writing this I haven’t decided where I stand on Carly Fiorina. She sounds like a strong candidate when she speaks – I can understand Holly’s enthusiasm based on what Carly says – but I’m not yet convinced of how much substance is behind the rhetoric. I’ve had concerns about her performance at HP because that’s the only real sample we have of her capacity to lead. Carly declares on her campaign website that “her record as CEO speaks for itself” and some of her critics would…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 8): John Kasich

John Kasich was among the long list of GOP candidates that I had no particular opinion of going into this process. As a multi-term governor of Ohio I anticipated a decent amount of political experience but was surprised to find a cross between Rick Santorum (more political experience than expected) and Ted Cruz (“judge me based on what I’ve done”). The more I learned about him the more convinced I became that for this election cycle in the GOP there is an inverse correlation between real political experience and polling…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 7): Lawrence Lessig

I was surprised to hear that Larry Lessig had declared that he would run for the Democratic nomination. Having followed his work on intellectual property law for years I have always liked Larry because he has proven to be someone who has a solid understanding of the information age – which is uncommon among elected officials. With that background I was really hopeful that he would be a good candidate. Unfortunately this promise killed any chance of being endorsed: If elected, he says he will be the first “referendum president,”…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 6): Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz isn’t running for office; he’s applying for a new job. At least, that’s the sense I get from his campaign. Rather than spending his time talking about what he will do, his message is “here are my values – the things that drive my decision making process – and here are the actions I have taken based on those values.” The message to voters is, “if you like the values I believe in and the way I’ve defended them please give me the opportunity to do so as…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 5): George Pataki

George Pataki seems to be running for president simply because there was no clear front-runner for the GOP nomination. His campaign website doesn’t even talk about issues so I’m left to conclude that his platform is “as a former governor of New York my name has been in the media much more than the governor of Idaho so I may as well give this campaign a shot since my name has been floated as a potential presidential or vice presidential candidate in previous election cycles.” If voters want to know…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 4): Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has been a tough candidate for me to decide on. He has the personal and political experience to be taken seriously. He has a vision that he believes in to sell to potential voters (as opposed to candidates who just have a pet issue). From all appearances he is a man of integrity who can be entrusted with whatever office voters choose to elect him to. The hard part about deciding if he deserves an endorsement is that his vision for the nation seems to be unrealistic. If…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 3): Rick Santorum

In studying Rick Santorum, I remembered that he had run for President in 2012 but had forgotten how well he did in that race and how much of a political track record he had before then. One thing that really stuck out to me about him is his commitment to his principles and values. Rick knows what he believes and isn’t afraid to defend it, even where it runs counter to popular opinions. His priorities include fighting for mainstream Americans, espousing conservative social values and promoting a limited view of government.…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 2): Donald Trump

It would have been so easy to not give The Donald a fair shake in my candidate evaluations and simply say that his arrogance and tone automatically disqualified him as a candidate. Considering how much support he has even as his sophomoric personality has been on public display I think it is important to treat him as a serious candidate and study his campaign itself rather than the media coverage of his campaign. The media coverage of his campaign has highlighted all the reasons that voters should avoid supporting Trump…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 1)

David Miller will present his series of posts evaluating the candidates for president over the coming weeks and months (because there are a lot of them). This is the introduction to the series.  Eight years ago, with two crowded presidential primaries, I did a long series of posts evaluating each candidate for president. I evaluated every candidate I could find, not just those in the two major parties. It was an interesting exercise, although I opted not to do it again in 2012. I wasn’t planning to do it for 2016, either,…