Experience isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton has only held elected office for seven years compared to about ten for Barack Obama, she is championing herself as the experience candidate. Recently she’s been touting her role in foreign policy during Bill’s presidency. FactCheck.org breaks it down, it doesn’t sound all that impressive.

One also wonders if “experience” is a useful quality for a president. Electoral-vote.com takes a look at that question, leading off with this comparison:

How good Are experienced presidents, anyway? Suppose you had to choose between two Presidential candidates, one of whom had spent 20 years in Congress plus had considerable other relevant experience and the other of whom had about half a dozen years in the Illinois state legislature and 2 years in Congress. Which one do you think would make a better President?

If you chose #1, congratulations, you picked James Buchanan over Abraham Lincoln.

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