Healthy Tension Makes a Healthy Candidate

by Dr. Rick Goodman on August 10, 2008

I was recently reading an article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel The article focused on how Senator John McCain liked to solicit advice from Senators, campaign consultants, and even his former deputy press secretary. The article went on to focus on how McCain even publicly disagreed with his own spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker after she used a line of attack against Senator Barack Obamaa that he had approved.

In a recent interview, McCain said “You’ve got to have competing opinions, I think a certain amount of tension is very healthy and a certain amount of different views are also good for a candidate or a President. After just having finished, the New York Times best-selling book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin it is most evident that one of our greatest presidents Abraham Lincoln, filled his cabinet with advisers who not only did not like each other on many levels, but also had opposing views on how the country should be run.

Had it not been for the strong leadership skills of Abraham Lincoln and his ability to bring together individuals who had opposing views, sometimes causing great amounts of tension in the Cabinet and in the White House we might not be the country that we are today. I would like to see healthy tension in opposing views with whomever is elected as our next president. How about you?

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