Some people consider that the governorship is excellent preparation for the presidency. In what ways do you think it would prepare someone for the presidency? In what ways do you think it would not?
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I agree that being a governor is part of a good preparation for becoming president. The governor handles many details that a congressman would not necessarily be asked to manage. Like the president, the governor is on his own more than members of congress. Yes, a governor and a congressman both have to gather the support of those around them, but a governor has certain decisions he must make on his own whereas a congressman simply casts a vote. I think it is important for a president to hold several different positions within the government and within his or her civilian life. A president will need to call up knowledge from many different areas of his or her life experience in order to be successful.
Conventional wisdom has it that a governor's experience with writing and passing budgets is good preparation for the presidency.
This is not the case for members of congress, on the national or state level, who are not in charge of budgets and have little by way of "individual mandates".
I've got to doubt the validity of this view. Being president seems like such a huge undertaking that it's like going to the moon. You can't entirely prepare for the job or the experience. You just have to do your best to learn once you're there.
It is good preparation for the presidency because it involves being an executive. It involves working with a legislature to get bills passed. It involves administering an executive branch. These are very different things than simply legislating as senators do. The down side is that governors don't typically have any experience with foreign affairs.
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