Well, the truth is he passed away in 1997, but not before making several attempts (six), including one after he died, to become the funniest president in American history.
I wish he was around today to make his bid for president, especially as the Democrats and Republicans start rallying the troops around their candidates.
Paulson, who had an answer for every question, did not sidestep controversy.
On immigration he said, “All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.”
His presidential campaign slogan: "I've upped my standards. Now, up yours," applies as much today as it did in 1968 when he ran his first campaign.
He certainly was not afraid to take a stand and applied his standards to each issue saying, "I am neither left-wing nor right-wing. I am middle-of-the-bird."
Another comment most will agree with, “No taxes. Let's just tip the government 15 percent if they do a good job.”
A typical statement by Paulson when asked about the hot topics, or about the current issues of his campaign, was, “Picky, picky, picky.”
My favorite one is after being asked about his motivation to run for the nation’s highest office, he responded, “I’m often asked why I travel around the country talking politics. Is it for humanitarian reasons, community spirit, or is it for the money, the limousines or the girls? The answers are: no, no, yes, yes, yes!”
I brought this up because it is becoming harder and harder to sort through all of the national politics and guess who will become our next two major candidates.
It would be nice just for one election to have a Pat Paulson again to lessen the pressure to make a decision.
He summed up all of his campaigns with one statement that I liked: “If elected, I will win.”
I like that one, it pretty much nails down the presidential election to a few simple words.