Gov. Pete Ricketts says he’s pleased with the field of Republican candidates for president, crowded though it may be.
Ricketts, a Republican, says there are a number of good candidates in the Republican field.
“Obviously, I’m biased toward governors just in general, being a governor myself. I think it does give you a perspective about how you run organizations. That’s important,” Ricketts tells reporters. “Not that the private sector experience that some of our candidates have is unimportant. Certainly, I’m bringing my private sector experience to help us do a better job of running government here in Nebraska. It’s really I think why the people of Nebraska hired me. But, I will tell you, I think we have great candidates, they bring different perspectives.”
The number of candidates has caused problems of its own.
Fox News and CNN have been criticized for the methods the cable news channels have used to decide the make-up of their Republican debates.
At present, there are 17 announced Republican candidates for president.
Businessman Donald Trump leads the GOP field according to public opinion polls as the presidential candidates visit Iowa, the site of the first true presidential test, the Iowa caucus early next year.
Ricketts says he has never met Trump.
Ricketts says a crowded field has some benefits.
“Well, you may recall that I had a crowded primary,” Ricketts says, laughing. “And, in the Senate race, I had a contested primary as well. And, I have to tell you, I think primaries make you a better candidate. So, I certainly do not think that there’s a disadvantage to having so many great candidates in the field. Will it make a tough choice for voters? Yeah. That’s not a bad thing that the voters have a lot of great candidates to be able to choose from.”