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WHY HAVE US PRESIDENTS OFTEN BEEN GOVERNORS BUT NOT SENATORS?

On many occasions, senators who become presidents are those running against fellow senators or ascend to the top seat after serving as vice-presidents when a sitting president dies while in office. John F. Kennedy was the last senator to win the presidency in 1960 without being an incumbent (Summers, 2008). The latest senator to win an election was Barrack Obama but running against a fellow senator John McCain.

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WHY HAVE US PRESIDENTS OFTEN BEEN GOVERNORS BUT NOT SENATORS? Why Have U. S. Presidents often been Governors but not Senators? A look into the history of the United States of America, in the past century, there is a one clear political-cultural truth concerning the presidents of the Republic: Governors have often won the presidency. One would therefore ask, why have US presidents often been governors but not senators? Many opinions have been suggested as to why the United States of America has had more governors becoming her president as compared to senators. Summers (2008) observe ...





... and controversial national issues. On the other hand, Senators lack individual political-administrative accomplishments they can point at. To add to this, their records are often dotted with polarized and controversial votes.
However, governors are equally handicapped because they are normally not very familiar with politics that are based outside of their own states hence requiring them a lot of time to get support in other states. A senator with political prominence has friends across members of congress from other sates. Therefore success in presidency and leadership in general, largely depends on individual capacity (Lawrence, 1966).
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