- The Washington Times
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu said Wednesday the nation should be wary of electing another president with limited or no political experience.

Responding to Donald Trump’s entrance into the race, Mr. Sununu said the Obama administration has shown what happens when someone with only a couple years under their belt on Capitol Hill gets elected to the presidency.

“The last thing in the world this country needs is somebody in the White House that has no political experience with dealing with issues as governors really do — even as senators do to some extent,” Mr. Sununu said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” before taking aim at President Obama and distancing himself from political novices in the crowded GOP field.

“We saw the mistake of just putting in someone with only two years of experience in the White House and I think you have the same kind of a problem with only a slightly different perspective if you put someone in there who had no political experience,” he said.

Mr. Sununu, who supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and is uncommitted in 2016, has long held that governors make the best presidents because of the executive experience they gained leading a state.

More than a half-dozen former and current governors are expected to be part of the GOP field, which also now features three candidates who have never held elected office: Mr. Trump, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The slate of candidates also includes several former and current senators, including Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

Mr. Sununu, meanwhile, predicted Mr. Trump “is going to shake up the race” and “bring excitement to it.”

“I think he is one of the great showman of the world, and I think he is entering this race to do what he always does and that is to talk about Donald Trump,” he said.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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