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2008 Presidential Candidates' Net Worth

Your Two Cents: Do You Care About Our President's Net Worth?

When I first came across this CNN article "Millionaires-in-Chief" I felt like I was reading something I shouldn't — like when someone instant messages you about yourself. It outlines each presidential candidates' net worth, how they got rich, and how their money is invested. I'll admit, I found myself caring more and more as I scrolled through the candidates' net-worth profiles.

They're all loaded. The figures shouldn't be too surprising considering most of their old-money families, but they're still difficult to absorb — especially the one who is worth more than $200 million! Would you have guessed that it's Mitt Romney?!

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I think it's definitely interesting. I especially like to see candidates who weren't born in to their money, but earned it. I hate the insinuation that wealthy people don't know about hard work. Many extremely wealthy people worked very hard to attain everything they have! So, they don't "earn a paycheck" like the rest of us, that doesn't mean they don't work just as hard, if not harder.
JaeB JaeB 9 years
I do think it is interesting; something else that makes their world different than mine. Including how they gained their wealth. But I think how they've handled their money and how they continue to show consideration for those who do not share their income level--how well they can listen--matters more than the jarring figures. Also: I like CNN, but are they making anyone else a little crazy with their reporting? How about their frequently stated "best political team on television" plugs? They said it so many times the day before the first caucus, it was annoyingly distracting to me....
lizadilly lizadilly 9 years
it's an important reality check to contest all the poor-pandering rhetoric. like W, who pretends to be a ranch boy when he's really a good ol' boy whose family got rich doing business with nazis and spiking oil.
alltherage alltherage 9 years
yep more info = better choices
BKNYGal BKNYGal 9 years
They know about mine and sooo much more. Yes, give me the most info you can on them.
remedios remedios 9 years
Interesting, but it worries me that we focus on everything but the main issues. Sure I'd want to know if they were criminals or achieved wealth in some horrible way. But it could go either way - if you're not rich by family, you might be more susceptible to bribing; or if you're not rich by family, you might understand more the working family. We focus on who's raised the most money, how much a hair cut costs, who called whom a meany-doodoo-head. We let these non-issues decide our votes over one's ability to do the job, intelligence, one's plans for certain issues. And the talking bobble-heads on tv love it.
mollyparnis mollyparnis 9 years
Not only do I think knowing their net worth is important but i also want to know how they attained it.
just_kelly just_kelly 9 years
It's interesting. I read a quote by Obama saying, if they didn't win this time around, his wife said they shouldn't run again because they will be too disconnected from "real America" due to accumulated money, wealth, power, etc. OBAMA all the way!
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
I'd much prefer a president who actually knows what it's like to earn a paycheck and worry over children, bills and a mortgage. No career politicians or rich lawyers, please!
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
I'm not from the United States, but if I was it would interest me to no avail.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't think that it's relevant information - personally. just becuase someone has a certain net worth does not mean that they will be a good pres or not
bastille_75 bastille_75 9 years
I think it's interesting, but we have had great and awful Presidents alike that came from very modest backgrounds as well as those who were born into wealth. I do not think it is a true measure of weather or not they will be a good President. Also, we have good and bad presidents who have obtained wealth through nefarious means - so I guess its interesting but not any indication of their ability to run the country.
redegg redegg 9 years
I think in a capitalistic society success often leads to wealth and there is nothing wrong with that. I would only care if they came about it in an untoward way and someone could actually prove truly that it was so.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
It is interesting to see how they built their wealth!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
It's interesting. I want to know that they didn't obtain their money through illegal means or through really shady companies like oh Hallieburton but other than that people always say the American dream is to be successful (nay rich) so why wouldn't the people running for President not be in that top 1% elite. I'd love to see the well-read guy or girl from the bookstore run for President but s/he cannot afford it and people will wonder why if s/he's so intelligent s/he isn't richer. We unfortunately for many Americans wealth equals intelligence. Why do you think people believe the crap that comes out of Donald Trumps' mouth?
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