FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Judgment matters more than experience when it comes to picking a president... so says Republican Senator Chuck Hagel.
The Nebraska senator traveled with Barack Obama into the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan last week. Hagel, a Vietnam vet who earned 2 purple hearts, says experience does matter, but that character and judgment matter more. That includes: who the candidate listens to and if he can make the right decisions on behalf of his country and the world.
Hagel has been a sharp critic of the war in Iraq and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Barack Obama. He hasn't endorsed either Obama or John McCain, but says Americans are lucky to have a choice between these two "smart, capable and decent men."
Also traveling with Obama was another military man, Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island. Reed, a retired Army captain, talked about what it was like visiting military posts with Obama. He described it as "dynamic”, saying they couldn't get to their car because soldiers were flocking to Obama to get autographs, take a picture, say hello. Reed says Obama received genuine and enthusiastic responses from the troops.
McCain has used the same line Hillary Clinton used against Barack Obama during the primaries, saying he doesn't have enough experience to be commander-in-chief
Here’s my question to you: Is judgment more important for a president than experience?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jon from Washington writes:
Judgment over experience. You can have more experience than anyone else in the country and still have terrible judgment unworthy of your position. Take our current president for example.
AJ from Austin, Texas writes:
Jack, This is a no-brainer. You need experience in order to have good judgment. Obama may say a lot of pretty words that make everyone feel warm and fuzzy, but McCain has the experience to actually know what he's talking about. Obama's speeches are nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
Patricia from Pine Plains, New York writes:
Granted, Barack Obama has the judgment, but what experience of true leadership does John McCain have? He's a senator and has been a senator for almost 30 years. That makes him one of 100. That's not a leadership role. He can't seem to remember too many things that are important to recall. That's scary. Judgment counts in this case far more than no experience and no memory.
Andrew from Brier, Washington writes:
I definitely fall on the judgment side of this question. James Buchanan was probably the most experienced man to hold the office of president. He spent ten years in the House, another ten years as Senator, he was the U.S. Ambassador to Russia and later to Britain, and served as U.S. Secretary of State. And he is perpetually considered to be among the worst U.S. presidents in history. Abraham Lincoln's experience in national government consisted of one term as Congressman from Illinois which ended 12 years prior to his election as president.
I feel that like all other things, to be a good leader you need to work at it for a very long time. I believe that with experience comes judgment. A person who is knowledgeable in his field and is comfortable in it will have far better judgment than someone who is newer to a position.
Jack, Naturally judgment is more important: I had four husbands, lots of experience, no judgment. I rest my case!