Military Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?  

Mike Rothschild
5.9k votes 1.2k voters 26.2k views 14 items

Which 2016 Republican candidates would make good leaders during a war? As commander in chief, the president has the duty to lead the United States in times of military crisis, and to ask Congress for a declaration of war. This is an enormous responsibility with great ramifications, and can have profound implications on the fate of the country.

While in the past, most presidential candidates had some kind of military experience, if not experience directly in combat, almost none do now. Of the Republican candidates for the 2016 nomination, only Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore have spent time in the military, with Graham having over three decades of service as an Air Force reservist. Rick Perry had also been in the Air Force, but with his withdraw from the race, Graham is the only veteran who would be picking up the mantle of commander in chief.

Here's your chance to vote up the Republican candidates you feel would be the most effective leaders during a war  - and to vote down the ones who would not make good wartime leaders.
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John Kasich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
age 66

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175 197
Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #1 age 63 - Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

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196 227
Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #2 age 56 - Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

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186 216
Lindsey Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #2 age 63 - Ended campaign on December 21, 2015

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153 190
Jim Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #5 age 69 - Ended campaign on February 12, 2016

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122 186
Rick Santorum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #8 age 60 - Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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121 188
George Pataki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #8 age 73 - Ended campaign December 30, 2015

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152 245
Jeb Bush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #9 age 65 - Ended campaign February 20, 2016

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299 520
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?

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178 311
Marco Rubio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #9 age 47 - Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

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140 252
Carly Fiorina is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #13 age 64 - Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

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119 221
Rand Paul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #14 age 55 - Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

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220 447
Ted Cruz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
age 48

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37 102
Bobby Jindal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?
voting closed at #15 age 47 - Ended campaign on November 17, 2015