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The Congressional Hex

When was the last time a candidate, who ran for president as a sitting Senator or House member, was elected President? From either party? How many Senators or House reps have run and lost?

For winners, you have to go back to JFK, but back then he had a lot more going for him than the current crop of legislator/candidates. What kills my interest in most legislators as presidents for me, comes from having heard them speak from the floor on C-SPAN.

What this tells me is that candidates from Congress are weak and probably have a lot of baggage from their term(s) in office. Not a good sign for Kerry, Gephardt, Braun, Leiberman or Graham.

Posted by grover at June 18, 2003 10:08 PM