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Behind the Aegis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-04 04:13 AM
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Should Kerry resign as senator to run for president?
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It may seem late in the game, but I have received a few emails recently stating that Kerry should have done like other senators who ran for president and resigned while running for president. Here is what I have found.

Of the 54 presidential elections since 1789 only 15 were current or former senators. From my research, only 5 were sitting senators at the time they ran for the office of president.

Most senators who became candidates for president (this does not include those who didn't receive their party's nomination) ran after they took a break before accepting their party's nomination for president. They were not sitting senators at the time of their party's nomination. Of those who were sitting senators at the time they accepted their party's, only 2 senators resigned their seat to run for president, Bob Dole and Lewis Cass (1848 primary), who was a senator (1845-48, 1849-57) from Michigan and retook his seat after a failed presidential run. Rufus King (1816 primary) was a senator (1789-96, 1813-1825) from New York. Henry Clay (1832 primary) was a senator (1831-42) from Kentucky. Warren Harding (1921 primary) became the first sitting senator to become president and he represented Ohio. John Kerry (2004 primary) became the second sitting senator to become president and represents Massachusetts (well, soon anyway... :))

Many of those who ran for president were governors or held other posts. From what I could see, none of them resigned their posts during their run.

It may not be 100% accurate, but I spent a lot of time looking into this. I used info from the following sites.... Senators running for Presidential Office & Unsuccessful Presidential Candidates
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