Why would anyone run for president? Why are so many saying 'no'?
June 20th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Why would anyone run for president? Why are so many saying 'no'?

Capitol Hill (CNN) - Let's just say the obvious here: the 2012 presidential campaign is here. Like it or not. We had the first significant debate last week. And Republican candidate number eight joins the ring this week.


But remember, another nine potential candidates have said 'no.' (Barbour, Jeb Bush, Christie, Daniels, Huckabee, Pence, Ryan, Thune, Trump.)

This week on American Sauce: We look at who ends up trying to become president, what types of people do it and what motivates them.

And we look at why so many potential candidates, this time around, are running the opposite direction.

Listen here.

Comment below.

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  1. Name king

    Well they're fighting to see who can do the will of big corporations. I wonder who will win the brown nosing contest

    June 20, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    So many Republicans say no because they are Lobbyist or are on Lobbyist payroll.

    June 20, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. bb

    The ones that have said no are at least smart enough to know that they don't have a snowball's chance of winning. Simply put – It's a waste of time, money and effort for any in the GOP field to be running. They would only have limited pockets of regional support at best because they DO NOT REPRESENT the needs of the American people.

    June 20, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Because the smart people do not want to taint their image for life and "be the beast" that the hard right wants in their candidate.

    June 20, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. gt

    most have huge egos... and they love power... and they think they have the answers...

    June 20, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    With the internet, You tube, Twitter, Facebook, and instantaneous news it is next to impossible to hide anything from potential voters, and donors.
    The personal and professional scrutiny of the candidate, his family, close and not so close associates is NOT for those who have spent a lifetime building or paying for the closeting of their skeletons.
    And when all else fails they will accuse you of being a socialist born in Kenya.
    Naw, this is NOT for the faint of heart, or for those whose reputation precedes them, which is why we are all wondering about so many of these RethugliKKKlan pretenders to the White House. Don't they know that sooner or later they will be outed?

    June 20, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. fayse

    perhaps the ones that said no, know better than the average citizen that it dosen't matter who is sitting in the White House, they will be raked over the coals on a daily baisis. sThe President is the most disrepected official among the people of the United States. And the Presidential power is not as much as one would think. They get the blame for everything and the credit for nothing. It will be the same for all future Presidents.

    June 20, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. logic in LA

    Being the leader of the free world is not what it once was. We used to repsect our leaders. We used to think that if the majority of the nation wantyed this person's thinking, we should vote in their ideas. today- a President must face desention from the moment they step into office. the other party is already set to replace him within 4 years. They openly criticize, call him names and ridicule him.
    We have lost respect for the office and common courtesy. Our country is a mess from a lost of etiquette

    June 20, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. seriously???

    For those running in 2012, this is just a "dry run"– a practice campaign so that if they want to get another beat down in 2016 they'll know the ropes a little better. Those not choosing to run are waiting for 2016 because their ego won't be able to handle the phrase "...the losing candidate who lost to Barack Obama in 2012..."

    June 20, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Right now the motivation for the rethugs, tea baggers and party of hell no seems to be bashing the President and wanting him (and the Nation) to fail and the need to take America back srom somewhere. Still not sure where ot went though.
    For some it's just the sound of the haters in the crowd. Nothing says backwards more than a room of double wide residents!

    Other than that I don't see any of these "potential" clown qualified to pick up elephant poop at a circus parade.

    June 20, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    As if running wasn't torturous enough for candidates and their families, if they win they will come into a disaster that i sonly getting worse after Obama mucked up the country and economy. NOT a fun job to be sure.

    June 20, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Nobody who really wants to win will run this cycle. 2012 is wrapped up and nobody wants to vote for a loser in 2016. The guys who are serious about 16 are sitting out 12.

    June 20, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. john

    It’s not hard to believe no one want to run, look at the failures Obama and the Democrats in Congress have for the next president to fix:
    Failure on the economy
    Failure on taxes
    Failure on home foreclosure
    Failure on a budget
    Failure on health care, what a disaster Obama care is
    Failure on price of gasoline, energy

    June 20, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. The Other Michael in Houston

    No way I would run for President. First off, this country has turned from UNITED to a bunch of divided whiners. Then problem with the United states is the loudest mouths are the ultra conservative republicans and the ultra liberal democrats. There is always a happy medium but when you have both sides spending billions of dollors to tear each other down versus trying to bring our country up to a standard that what made us the envy of the world, this is what you get. We have a government that is so far out of control, the only way to fix it at this point is to dissolve the whole thing and start all over. Democrats and Republicans in Washington are not there for us, the American people, they are there for their friends and to push their insane agenda's. And he American people have been sucked into the belief that the very people that they send there are there to represent them. They don't care about you, what you are going through, your needs, your wants, your hopes or desires, unless you are contributing to their war chest. So as you idiots sit here and argue liberal versus conservative, ask yourself, when was the last time your elected offical actually made a difference in your life? So no, I would not run for President and be part of a system that has been broken for decades.

    June 20, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |