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

Mike Rothschild
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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