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« on: September 01, 2004, 09:10:02 pm »

I can't see Lindsey running for President in 2008.  He'll be a one term Senator, whose Senate seat will be up for reelection.  By 2012 he will have had a chance to build enough of a power base in the Senate to be able to run.  2016 would be awkward if he ran for reelection to the Senate in 2014.  In 2020, he could pull a Bob Graham and decide to run for President while not running for relection to the Senate after having served three terms there.  2024 is probably the last chance he could have for a Presidential run.  He'd be 69 then and could make it.

However Graham doesn't have any executive experience on his political resume.  That's a serious lack in any Presidential candidate.  The current South Carolinian with the best shot at winning the Presidency outright (instead of as an inheriting VP) is probably Gov. Sanford, especially if Inez manages to bump off DeMint.  He'll be term limited in 2010 and if he were to run against Inez in 2010, he'd win.  By 2020 he'd be nearing the end of his second term, and all  four of his kids would be old enough to be used as candidate surogates on the rubber chicken circuits of Iowa and New Hampshire.
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