What exactly does it take to run for president

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  1. tinctorus

    tinctorus XDTalk 1K Member

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    Say the average jow schmoe like me or you or any other regular blue collar person wanted to run for president, What all would it take to get your name on the ballot??

    Do you need to be a mayor,governor or some other life long politician or can you run as a "third party" not associating yourself as a republican or democrat??

    I am obviously a Republican but me and my coworker were talking about this today and I really didnt have an answer for him, I assume anyone can run for office but really dont know
     
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    How to Run for President of the United States

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    I guess it just takes alot of fundraising and getting your face out there.
     
  3. NC Dave

    NC Dave XDTalk 1K Member

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    Anyone can run for office. There are no requirements. Just look at who is in there now.

    If you are running under a party, you would need to win that party's nomination in the primaries.

    If you want to get your name on the ballot as a third party candidate or a true independent, you need to get signatures of registered voters in each state. Each state has different requirements as to the exact number. Count on needing close to a million signatures nationwide and paying filing fees in most, of not all, of the 50 states. This is not an easy task. It will take a lot, and I mean a LOT of money. Even Nader could not pull it off in all 50 states in 2000.
     
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    You better have NOTHING in your closet my brotha!

    Campaigns have swaths of interns, and others, looking for every piece of dirt you can imagine to smear their opponents.

    I would enjoy the refreshing retort of a candidate that says "Did I cheat on my first wife? YOU BET I DID! Have ya' ever spoken with her at length? Try LIVING WITH HER! (shakes head-walks away- Has my vote)".
     
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    If you meet the min qualifications and qualify by paying the filing fee you should be able to.
     
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    NC Dave XDTalk 1K Member

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    It really is a lot more complicated than that.

    Depends on what you mean by "min qualifications."

    Here is what is required to get on the ballot in North Carolina. There are 49 other states with hoops you have to jump through.

     
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    landyacht302 XDTalk 100 Member

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    You must be a natual born citizen..... oh wait nevermind
     
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    MrBoxx XDTalk 100 Member

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    First you get a rich oil-baron daddy who used to be a president... then you get your brother to be the governor of a key electoral state..... the rest is easy.
     
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    Q: How do I run for president?

    A: Make enough empty promises to get voted into office.
     
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    FlyerAce128 XDTalk 500 Member

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    Offer free money to everybody
     
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    XD.45 Dude XDTalk 500 Member

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    We found out you don't have to be born in the USA and forged birth certificates work!
     
  12. tinctorus

    tinctorus XDTalk 1K Member

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    Well I figured I wouldnt be able to run due to not having enough money and/or political ties, It was mainly a question of WHAT WOULD it take..Although dont get me wrong I would LOOOOOVE to run for president and think I could make a change
     
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    fees, buying out politions, big companies...yada yada.

    no ordinary citizen can become president.
     
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    You must have a lot of money, have access to a lot money from special interest groups, and be willing to spend a bunch of money that isn't yours.
     
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    From what I can tell, a person has to be completely oblivious to the needs, rights, & wants of the PEOPLE, and totally committed to the wants, ways, & desires of the PARTY.


    Whatever happened to:
    "Of the People, By the people, For the people"?
     

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