Top Ten People Who Unsuccessfully Ran for United States PresidentEver wonder what would've happened if Goldwater had beat Johnson in 1964? Ever wonder what would've happened if Gore had beat Bush in 2001? Well, here's the ten best people who unsuccessfully ran for president.
Sanders, who labeled himself a Democratic Socialist, was really more like a Social Democrat. He supported positions that many Nordic countries have successfully taken, such as impliminting universal healthcare, making public college free, impliminting some sort of basic income, etc. He lost the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton.
He is doing better in 2020 primary, I don't think he should have lost the 2016 primary, Hillary was a awful neoliberal candidate that costed the Democrats a election for 4 years.
He's a bit of an oldie.
Noice guy. It's sad he left. He was better then Donald hump and Hilary
Bobby Kennedy ran for president on a platform similar to his brother's. He wished to extend civil rights, win the war in Vietnam, oppose the spread of communism, etc. He was probably the most popular candidate at the time, and had the highest chance of victory. Unfortunately, he was assassinated before the race was over with. Nixon ended up being the next president.
This was really unfortunate. Got the same fate as his brother before he could even win.
Shame, I say he was as good as JFK when it came to being a good person, he would've been great.
Would have been much better than Obama on every level. Ironically, his winning would probably have meant Hillary Clinton would be in the White House now, since there would not have been such a push-back against Democrats, and Liberals in particular.
What if he did though?
Gore ran against Bush in 2001, and actually won the popular vote, but still lost the election. Do I have to even mention his platform? I mean, the guy ran against Bush. He can't be that bad. Anyways, he supported tax relief, paying off the national debt, environmentalism, etc. Pretty much the polar opposite of his opponent.
If he won we could've avoided the Iraq War.
Ron Paul ran for president many times, sometimes for the Republican nomination, and sometimes for the Libertarian nomination. He constantly ran on the platform that included conservative positions of cutting taxes, deregulating private business, and states rights, while also holding liberal positions such as decriminilizing drug usage, cutting the military budget and leaving the Middle East, legalizing gay marriage, etc.
Goldwater unsuccessfully ran against LBJ in 1964. Goldwater's platform included cutting taxes and federal spending, leaving more power to the states, restricting government power, etc. Unfortunately, the Johnson administration ran a pretty dirty campaign against Goldwater. Goldwater claimed that he was open to using nuclear weapons to help end the Vietnam War. So, the Johnson ran commercials showing nuclear warfare, and changing Goldwater's slogan "In your heart, you know he's right" to "In your gut, you know he's nuts." To be completely fair, Johnson greatly expanded the war, and used chemical warfare, so he was a bit hypocritical. Arguably, by using nuclear weapons and ending the war quickly, more lives could have been saved under Goldwater than under Johnson. Also, Golwater opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, so Johnson pegged him as a racist. Goldwater voted against the bill not because he was racist, but because he believed that the federal government did not have the right to ...more
Rockefeller ran as a Republican, but held some pretty liberal views for the time. This led to the term "Rockefeller Republican" which basically is another name for a moderate or liberal Republican. Rockefeller, along with Goldwater, constantly called out the religous nuts of the Republican party, and feared that the party was going too far to the right. He lost the Republican primary to Goldwater in 1964, so history never got to witness a Rockefeller presidency.
Brilliant, compassionate, beyond competent. She would have been amazing!
The best president we ever could have had! So brilliant and experienced.
Like his father, he supports many libertarian positions, but distinguishes himself by supporting U.S. intervention in the Middle east, and supporting economic sanctions on Iran.
Eugene Dobbs ran as a Socialist, which stirred lots of controversy. To be fair, during the time he was running, workers would work 12 hours a day, have poor working conditions, be payed little, etc. He ran on a platform of, obviously, socialism, but also supported civil rights legislation, equal pay, unemployment benefits, etc.
Dewey, like Rockefeller, helped lead a coalition of moderate Republicans. He supported capitalism and small government, but separated himself from the conservative coalition of Republicans by supporting parts of the New Deal, Social Security, and unemployment insurance. He ran for president twice, but lost both times to FDR and Truman. His upset loss to Truman is seen in the famous photo of Truman, grinning triumphantly, holding up a newspaper containing the caption that Dewey won.
He ran on the populist ticket of bimetalism, and more support for poor farmers. While economists debate whether he was right in supporting bimetalism, many poor farmers of the time worshipped him, similar to the way that FDR was worshipped during the Great Depression.
The boot on his head says it all.
Honestly, he was probably one of the best candidates of 2016. Kind of sad, really.