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Mark Levin: Govs. 'Stupid' to Say They Alone Make Good Presidents

Mark Levin: Govs. 'Stupid' to Say They Alone Make Good Presidents
Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis. (Darren Huack/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 November 2014 06:55 AM

Being a governor is not a prerequisite for the presidency, contrary to what some Republican governors who are potential candidates for the nomination are saying, according to conservative radio personality Mark Levin.

Levin thinks the governors "hope to re-define the qualifications for the presidency to exclude all other competition. That's really stupid," he wrote on a Facebook post, Breitbart reported.

The Republican Governors Association motto is "Republican Governors are Driving America's Comeback."

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial described the Republican electoral triumph as not "merely a rebuke to President Obama," but a vote of confidence in Republican state governance. The newspaper said victorious GOP governors had "disciplined government; deregulated to boost competitiveness, investment and job creation; and reduced the tax burden."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Breitbart, "If you're in the Senate or if you're in the House, you can give a speech and then go home. Governors can't. We have to govern.

"And the president of the United States, historically, has had to operate that way too — the ones that were successful."

In an October address to the Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said, "To have any chance of electing a Republican president, there's a bunch of things we need to do. But the first is to have a good bench of Republican candidates."

Christie added, "And I am convinced that the next president of the United States is going to be a governor — and needs to be," Breitbart reported.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, likewise, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that "overall, I believe governors make much better presidents than members of Congress" adding the caveat that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, "may be the only exception to that rule."

Levin argued that excellent presidents such as Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower were not governors, and that some atrocious presidents, including Andrew Johnson and Jimmy Carter, were. He acknowledged that Ronald Reagan, who was California governor before moving to the White House, was a great president.

"The point is that Republican governors are going to have to do much better than expect all of us to accept their self-serving definition of presidential qualifications," wrote Levin.

What matters, he concluded, is that the Republican nominee oppose big government.

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