Ranking the 2008 Presidential Contenders
1. Sen. Fred Thompson
Pro: 2004 Runner Up, "Next-in-line," name recognition, gravitas.
Con: Out of office since 2002, will he run?
2. Sen. Elizabeth Dole
Pro: Woman, Well-Liked Senator, Name Recognition
Con: Experience, Last Name, Up for Re-election in 2008
3. Sen. Michael Steele
Pro: African-American, Enthusiastic Campaigner, Good Speaker
Con: Who?, Experience (Elected in 2006)
4. Sen. Larry Craig
Pro: Experience, Policy Wonk
Con: Who?, Policy Wonk
5. Sen. Lamar Alexander
Pro: Executive Experience, Senate Experience
Con: Who?, Up for Re-election in 2008
6. A Governor
Pro: Executive Experience
Con: No one's interested yet.
1. Sen. John Edwards
Pro: Good speaker, Electoral vote rich state
2. Sen. John Kerry
Pro: Smart, Experienced, "Establishment"
Con: Vanilla, Boring
3. Gov. Jon Corzine
Pro: Business Experience, Executive and Legislative Experience
Con: Who?, Safety Concerns
4. Rev. Al Sharpton
Pro: Liberal, African-American, Bulldog
Con: No Experience, Likability
5. Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Pro: Are there any?