The last person to go from the House of Representatives to the White House was James Garfield, but Allen West thinks he may be able to make the jump even after losing his reelection bid after one term in the House. But only if the American public asks him to serve.
Former Florida Rep. Allen West revealed that he is considering a run for the presidency in 2016 on Sean Hannity’s radio program Tuesday.
Colonel West, who lost last year after a prolonged post-election battle over voter fraud, said that he will make himself “available to run” for any office he is called to serve by the American people, the National Review reported.
He discussed the Benghazi and IRS scandals with the radio host, saying the country needs the “right type of leadership,” the National Review reported.
“I don’t think we should ever elect someone who wants to be president,” the Republican said. “We should elect someone who is called to be president.”
I’m always amused by politicians who claim to only be running for office under protest, only agreeing to do so after the American people “call on them to serve.” In what form does that calling come? A voice from a burning bush? A public opinion poll? No one ever says in advance what they will accept as the authentic voice of the people, of course. That allows them to pretend to be oh-so-humble, running not because they want to but because of their immense sense of honor for the will of the people, who have come to him hat in hand and just begged him to save them and the country.
But I’m all for West running for president. It would be enormously entertaining. Maybe I can even get one of his advisers to bet me $2500 that he’ll win like I did with Herman Cain. I have as good a chance of being president as Allen West.
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