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Candidates and their jobsPosted Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 2:23 PM
As I was perusing stories regarding tonight's Presidential primary, a question came to me.
Senators Clinton and Obama are both active members of the U.S. Senate, or are they?
Campaigning for an office like President of the United States consumes not only all of your time, but your entire life. Traveling and speaking seven days of the week, meeting the people, meetings with organizations.
My question is, with all of that on their tables, are either of these candidates doing the jobs they were already elected to do?
With campaign season kicking off in the middle of last year, how could either of the Senators have possibly had the time to look out for their constituents and take care of home? Personally, what kind of job a candidate does at home is very important to me.
I don't mean to single out just the Democratic candidates, because McCain and the other GOP candidates are playing the same game and its not fair to the voters who elected them in the first place.
As I recall, Bob Dole resigned from the Senate during his 1996 campaign against Bill Clinton and he was more than just a Senator. He was the Senate Majority Leader at the time.
On June 11, 1996, Dole resigned his Senate seat to focus on the campaign, saying he had "nowhere to go but the White House or home."
What do you think? Can a candidate do both their job and run a successful campaign?
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