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Robert P. George: Character Must Rank Very Highly in Evaluating Presidential Candidates

Editor’s Note: The following essay was adapted from an interview with Robert P. George conducted in October 2016. It has been modified for clarity.

Personal character should rank very highly when evaluating presidential candidates.

Back in the ’90s, when Bill Clinton was President, I joined many, many others — especially conservatives — in objecting to Clinton’s behavior. I objected not just to his sexual misconduct, although that was very bad, but to his duplicity, his dishonesty, his lying and his manipulation, on the ground that character in our leaders really does matter. It matters especially so in a Republic, where we are responsible for those leaders. We put them into office. They serve at our pleasure.

And I think the same holds today — character must rank very high on the scale in choosing ‘republican’ or ‘Republican’ leaders.

Featured Image Source: YouTube Screengrab/William J. Clinton Presidential Library

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