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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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  -Should Kerry resign as senator to run for president? Behind the Ageis  Sep-29-04 04:13 AM   #0 
  - No, he shouldn't.  bowens43   Sep-29-04 04:14 AM   #1 
  - See post 16!!  Behind the Ageis   Sep-29-04 12:23 PM   #17 
  - The last senator to run for president who was actually elected  Kaelinn   Sep-29-04 04:16 AM   #2 
  - You are correct!  Behind the Ageis   Sep-29-04 12:36 PM   #20 
  - No  nadinbrzezinski   Sep-29-04 04:37 AM   #3 
  - No. Of course not.  The Backlash Cometh   Sep-29-04 05:12 AM   #4 
  - Then Mitt Romney gets to appoint a Repuke as his successor  TomClash   Sep-29-04 05:16 AM   #5 
  - No.  Bridget Burke   Sep-29-04 05:20 AM   #6 
  - No point now  no name no slogan   Sep-29-04 05:26 AM   #7 
  - No, No and Hell NO!  liberal N proud   Sep-29-04 05:43 AM   #8 
  - NO eom  George W. Dunce   Sep-29-04 06:16 AM   #9 
  - nope! he is a public servant and will serve one way or another  cliberty   Sep-29-04 06:23 AM   #10 
  - Only if * resigns to run for president. nm  Cornus   Sep-29-04 06:25 AM   #11 
  - No and Wikipedia is mostly disinformation  BrendaStarr   Sep-29-04 06:47 AM   #12 
  - No, in fact  Justice   Sep-29-04 06:53 AM   #13 
  - This is a question for Mass. voters, if he isn't elected Pres. Somehow  spooky3   Sep-29-04 07:00 AM   #14 
  - No, I don't think he should resign.  calico1   Sep-29-04 07:27 AM   #15 
  - I think I confused y'all!  Behind the Ageis   Sep-29-04 12:22 PM   #16 
  - absolutely not! n/t  Claire_beth   Sep-29-04 12:24 PM   #18 
  - JFK, Goldwater & McGovern didn't why should Kerry?  WI_DEM   Sep-29-04 12:29 PM   #19 

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