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What Experience Do You Need to Be President?

Do Barack Obama or Sarah Palin have enough experience to be president?

This question really bothers me as partisan political supporters will say that one does while the other doesn't, depending on which political party they happen to support. To me, the "experience debate" just makes people end up sounding very hypocritical and stupid.

Let's be honest. It's not really about experience at all, is it? Why would you care how much experience a candidate has if you didn't agree with his or her positions on the issues?

In the end, it's positions and political philosophies that really matter.


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