.... How important is it to you personally for a contender for the office of Chief Executive of the United States to have any experience like the kind I described in this thread's title? IMHO, as a concerned voter, I'd say that since the person who occupies the Oval Office is considered to be the most powerful leader of the only undisputed superpower on earth, it ought to be a prime consideration for anyone who cares about who will be not only the next Commander-in-Chief of our nation's military, but also the one human being who will, in a sense, control America's political as well as social agenda for as long as his residential address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Yet as a poll conducted by CNN/ORC of voters who are or lean Republican that was conducted September 17-19, 2015, that kind of experience didn't seem to play much of a factor for the GOP's top three most favorable contenders since none of them has ever held any kind of elective political office in their lives. According to this poll that appeared in the September 21, 2015, and claimed to have a margin of error of 4.5 percentage point either way, puts the following people in the top three positions for people who claim that they'll probably vote Republican come November, 2016, are as follows: 1) Donald Trump at 24% 2) Carly Fiorina at 15% 3) Ben Carson at 14% When you add all three of their favorable percentage points together, you come up with a figure of a little over 50% of all the persons who responded to this presidential favorable poll. So, what do you think? The last person's POTUS's that had little political experience before becoming POTUS in the last 40 or so years were Republicans Gerald Ford and George W. Bush and Democrats Jimmy Carter. How history will rate their positive contributions for a stronger America remains to be evaluated since, IMHO anyway, their terms as POTUS are still in many peoples' estimation not far enough removed to form a very unbiased view of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective tenures as POTUS's. How do you evaluate these top three GOP POTUS's' at less than 13 months away November, 2016?