Top Ten People Who Unsuccessfully Ran for United States President

Ever 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.

The Top Ten

1 Bernie Sanders (D) Bernie Sanders (D) Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an independent American Senator from Vermont and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Vote for me to fight the establishment so I can support the establishment. - Murphdog405

He's a bit of an oldie.

Noice guy. It’s sad he left. He was better then Donald hump and Hilary

Denmark has less than half the population of Los Angeles County alone. You can do almost anything on a micro-scale, but you can't remotely translate it properly for a country with 60X the population and 200X the land mass.

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2 Robert Kennedy (D)

Shame, I say he was as good as JFK when it came to being a good person, he would've been great. - Stalin

Maid sammich anyone? - Murphdog405

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. - Alpha101

This was really unfortunate. Got the same fate as his brother before he could even win.

3 Barry Goldwater (R)

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 - Alpha101

4 Ron Paul (L) Ron Paul (L)

System is rigged against him - Murphdog405

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. - Alpha101

5 Nelson Rockefeller (R)

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. - Alpha101

6 Rand Paul (R) Rand Paul (R) Randal Howard "Rand" Paul is an American politician and physician. Since 2011, Paul has served in the United States Senate as a member of the Republican Party representing Kentucky.

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. - Alpha101

7 Mitt Romney (R) Mitt Romney (R) Willard Mitt Romney is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

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? - TwilightKitsune

We'd be in the same situation as we are today, except twice as worse. - Alpha101

Mitt Romney would've been a great president - 2storm

8 Al Gore (D) Al Gore (D) Albert Arnold "Al" Gore Jr. is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Preaches global warming while flying in a high pollutant jet plane - Murphdog405

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. - Alpha101

If he won we could've avoided the Iraq War. - Anonymousxcxc

9 Thomas Dewey (R)

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. - Alpha101

10 Eugene Debbs (S)

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. - Alpha101

But why should their be benefits to someone who doesn't work? Why should someone that is lazy get paid more than the hardworking person. He would be just as bad as Bernie. - 2storm

The Contenders

11 Vermin Supreme (L)

He should be president of the universe

The boot on his head says it all.

12 Hillary Clinton (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was a Democratic presidential candidate in the 2008 and 2016 elections.

Americas annoying great aunt. - Murphdog405

Brilliant, compassionate, beyond competent. She would have been amazing!

The best president we ever could have had! So brilliant and experienced.

It's fortunate that she lost the election.
Donald Trump > Hillary Clinton

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13 William Jennings Bryan (P)

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. - Alpha101

14 Bob Dole (R) Bob Dole (R)
15 Walter Mondale (D) Walter Mondale (D)
16 Ross Perot (R) Ross Perot (R)
17 John Kerry (D) John Kerry (D) John Forbes Kerry is an American diplomat and Democratic Party politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State.
18 John McCain (R) John McCain (R) John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and military officer who served as a United States senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death.

Neocon war criminal - Murphdog405

Don't usually like republicans but McCain wasn't bad. - owlro188

R.I.P. John McCain - railfan99

19 Ted Cruz (R) Ted Cruz (R) Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is an American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States Senator from Texas since 2013. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

What is there to like about Cruz? - owlro188

20 Deez Nuts (Brady Olson) (I)

Honestly, he was probably one of the best candidates of 2016. Kind of sad, really. - Alpha101

21 Gary Johnson (L) Gary Johnson (L) Gary Earl Johnson is an American businessman, author and politician who served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Republican Party.

WHaT iS alLePpO? - Murphdog405

22 Jerry Brown (D)
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Top Remixes

1. Barry Goldwater (R)
2. Eugene Debbs (S)
3. William Jennings Bryan (P)
1. Robert Kennedy (D)
2. Barry Goldwater (R)
3. Nelson Rockefeller (R)
1. Walter Mondale (D)
2. Ron Paul (L)
3. Mitt Romney (R)


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