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Jack Simpson: What motivates candidates to run for president?

The upcoming election doesn't sound like much fun, does it? Debates are dull and issues are ignored as the candidates discuss their dogs and toss barbs back and forth. We need some fresh air in this campaign as candidates squander millions seeking attention. President Obama wants four more years to give America "a fair shot," and he warns Mitt Romney will simply rubber stamp the Republican agenda!

Why do these men want to be president anyway? Isn't the nation in so much trouble that the job will be impossible? Well, perhaps they seek the presidency because it is the most revered office in the world and someone who wins the post might be able to effect real change.

Historians tell us Franklin D. Roosevelt ran to end the Great Depression and return the nation to international prominence. When President Jefferson held the post, he doubled the size of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase. Remember it was Teddy Roosevelt who ran to fight trusts and increase national parks. President Wilson, on the other hand, took the United States from isolation into the League of Nations. Ike led the country during the Cold War and during a period of prosperity.

Currently, Mitt Romney, the opposition candidate, is running because he feels "America Can Do Better" and President Obama makes countless speeches reminding the people that we are moving "Forward" and there is more work to do and he is the one to do it!

The candidates have more advisers than they know what to do with. Everyone in the USA is ready, willing, and able to tell office-seekers what is necessary to win the presidency. Voices of the clergy, teachers, business people, women, veterans, special interests and the media are loud and clear advising candidates. The overall noise must be deafening.

Think about it. When someone runs for political office, they devote their time to glad-handing everyone, knocking on doors, handing out fliers, hugging ladies, kissing babies, asking for votes and campaign money, putting up political signs, and the list goes on. A candidate has to make the voters believe he or she can be all things to all men. Yes, tough on crime and immigration, for human rights and in favor of the general welfare. Office-seekers must tell the voters energy prices will improve, the economy will get better, the jobs will return and the country will stabilize if this person is elected. Oh, this will happen because the candidate is full of unmatched ability and is competent to provide what the people want. And, this candidate is not politically tone deaf and is capable of bringing change.

Like I say, why would someone want to do this at this particular time and in the present political season during a slump? We do have candidates ready, willing and able to step up to the challenges.

Those running for president have been listening to the diversity in the voices of the people. Voters are trying to pick a candidate capable of uniting the nation and solving the many problems.

So, who has the magic touch? Your guess is as good as mine, but it seems evident from some of the polls that many voters are unwilling to give the incumbent president four more years to move us "Forward" into more red ink.

Attention all kibitzers: who is it going to be? The fate of the nation hangs in your response.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.