Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are the only two Republican Presedential candidates that are allowed on the Virginia Primary ballot because all other candidates could not get the required signatures. VA’s Attorney General initially called for an “emergency law” allowing the rest of the GOP field to be added; however, the Attorney General changed his mind. Considering the fact that the due date to get the required signatures passed, it was ridiculous to change a law in the middle of a campaign season. Instead of talking about this potential law, I would like to talk about the candidates who did not qualify.
When a person becomes President, they will have a huge staff of advisors. These advisors will prepare the President and help him or her anticipate any situation that might occur. It seems obvious that the President of the United States would need help, and his advisors fill this gap for them. To deem a candidate who did not qualify for a ballot in a particular State unfit to be President, is just plain not right. Instead, this is a sign that this requirement needs to change, regardless if the candidate knew the rules in advance or not.
FLIP SIDE is not the opinion of the author.
So, you are born an American citizen and want to run for President of the United States. You commission an exploratory committee to see if it is practical for you to throw your hat into the ring. After the committee findings verify that you have a chance to win, you say, “I am in it, to win it!” So where do you go from there? You need to start organizing your fund raising, and you need to make sure that your name will appear on every single ballot in each State and Territory. At the start of your campaign run, you have to know what is required for for people to actually be able to vote for you. This is part of being preparred for a Presidential run. I am not even considering if theses rules are fair or not. At this point in the game, the rules are the rules and every one knows about them. If you don’t, then you should not be our President. What is going to happen when you are in the White House? Are you going to say I did not know, or it is unfair? I mean seriously. You have to be prepared.
So by now your campaign has been in full swing for months. You know exactly how many signatures you need to have and where they need to come from in Virginia. Do you only get the minimum required to be on the Ballot? HELL NO! You are running to become the President of the United States (POTUS)! You have to anticipate that some of your signatures might get tossed out. Anticipation is a mandatory requirement to be POTUS! If you cannot anticipate some of your signatures not qualifying you for the Virginia ballot then what will you not be able to anticipate when you are running the country? How could you not anticipate this happening?
So we have several of the candidates complaining in one shape or form about the qualification process in Virginia. It can’t be that they did not prepare to have the required signatures…can it? There is no way that they didn’t anticipate that some of those signatures would get disqualified…or did they not? I think it is more reasonable to say that those candidates did not have the support of the people. That is why they did not have enough signatures. No matter how tough the rules are…you are running to be our President. I think that if you want the American peoples’ vote then you need to show that you have the support of the people. If you don’t have the support, then this should be a sign. How could someone running for President not anticipate that they need to be prepared for the most high profile job in the world?
This should carry weight with voters when it comes time to vote for our next President.