Top Ten People Who Unsuccessfully Ran for United States President

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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 Robert Kennedy (D)

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. - naFrovivuS

2 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.

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. - Alpha101

He was a Nord, does he hail to Talos? - EliHbk

I actually just started playing Skyrim again a couple of weeks ago. Forgot how great it was. - Alpha101

He's a schmuck who's never actually held a real job. And you can divvy-up the left with all the meaningless distinctions without differences you
imagine. In the end, it's all Marxism, and it always has been and always will be a wholly unjust, immoral, tyrannical disaster.

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 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

5 Ron Paul (L)

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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 Vermin Supreme (L)

The boot on his head says it all.

He should be president of the universe

10 Hillary Clinton (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 election.

God, no... - Alpha101

The Contenders

11 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

12 Mitt Romney (R) Mitt Romney (R)

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

13 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.

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

14 Bob Dole (R)
15 Deez Nuts (Brady Olson) (I)

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

16 John McCain (R)
17 Ross Perot (R)
18 Ted Cruz (R) Ted Cruz (R) Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is an American attorney and politician; he was elected in 2012 as the junior United States Senator from Texas.
19 Walter Mondale (D)
20 Gary Johnson (L) Gary Johnson (L)
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