Former United States Senator Mike Johanns says the forces that converged to make such an unusual 2016 presidential election could change drastically once again in 2020.
Johanns says the volatility which caused voters to elect an outsider could well turn toward experience in 2020.
“I think in 2020 you could have a different phenomenon, you could have people who are saying I want somebody who can grab ahold of this government, who knows how to run it, who can make it work for me,” Johanns tells Iowa Public Television.
Johanns, a Republican, can see voters asking of a candidate, can you manage the federal government?
“It’s a very complex, enormous organization,” according to Johanns. “So, I’ll be watching closely who’s got that message, who can say I went in there and I fought the right battles and I made it work.”
Johanns says the person who can tell voters he has the experience to do that would have a valuable message.
Johanns served a single, six-year term in the United States Senate. He served as Agriculture Secretary under President George W. Bush.
Johanns says while he is close to the Bush family, he declines to criticize President Donald Trump, who has had a number of run-ins with the Bush family and defeated former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Republican presidential primary.
Johanns says he reads all the breathless reporting on the latest Tweet from the president and says in the end Donald Trump is Donald Trump. He adds that if you are a Republican who has argued for less regulation and a more conservative judiciary, Trump is delivering on it.
O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]