Monday, September 15, 2008

Lawyer Candidates... since 1980

Here's something I did not know. I found this info from another blog site last week. I, for the life of me, cannot remember which one it was, and I need to verify this. But it appears to be true that...

Since 1980, the only Republican candidate for either President or Vice President who was a lawyer or who attended law school was Bob Dole in 1996.

1980 - Reagan/Bush Sr.
1984 - Reagan/Bush Sr.
1988 - Bush Sr./Quayle
1992 - Bush Sr./Quayle
1996 - Dole*/Kemp
2000 - Bush Jr./Cheney
2004 - Bush Jr./Cheney
2008 - McCain/Palin

Since 1980, the only Democratic candidate for either President or Vice President who was NOT a lawyer or who did NOT attended law school was Jimmy Carter in 1980.

1980 - Carter*/Mondale
1984 - Mondale/Ferraro
1988 - Dukakis/Benson
1992 - Clinton/Gore
1996 - Clinton/Gore
2000 - Gore/Liebermann
2004 - Kerry/Edwards
2008 - Obama/Biden

Kinda says it all, doesn't it?


Dim Bulb said...

I'm not sure all can actually be termed lawyers, that would mean passing the bar. All at least earned some kind of degree in law, except Gore. He attended law school for several years but took no degree.

Trubador said...

Go point, Dim. Hence the qualifiers in my post.