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Viewpoints from Readers: Ojeda’s decision to end campaign not unexpected

January 31, 2019

Former state Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, announced last week that he was ending his run for president of the United States in 2020, as he could not raise the money necessary to compete with other candidates.

“When I was a child my grade school teachers told us all that anyone in America could grow up and become president. I now realize that this is not the case,” Ojeda wrote to supporters. “Unless someone has extreme wealth or holds influence and power it just isn’t true.”

Ojeda had resigned his Senate seat a few days earlier to concentrate, he said, on his presidential run. Ojeda was halfway through his first term in the Senate when he resigned. Last year he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives. He won the Democratic primary but lost in the general election to Carol Miller. Readers of The Herald-Dispatch’s Facebook page and its website offered their opinions on Ojeda’s withdrawal.

Jeremy Graley: “What they mean when they say anyone can become president is this: Anyone can buckle down, study hard, make good grades and go to college to better themselves. After college you work hard to achieve success. Then build from that until one day you may be a legit presidential candidate.”

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Masil Hensley: “I figure he will try governor next.”

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Jackie Rose Jr.: “If you can’t get elected at the state level ... hint ... hint you don’t jump in the national pool.”

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Ben Johnson: “I mean, is he just now realizing this? Who are his ‘advisers?’ ”

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Joye Algoe Tucker: “I can’t believe he just figured that out.”

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Troy Bunten: “Take the money out of politics!”

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Ben Collins: “What’s going to happen with all his campaign funds now?”

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Dave Rowan: “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Captain Quitter does it again.”

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William B. Sauerwein: “Run against Capito 2020.”

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Amanda Fritz: “That’s the truth and the establishment of the Democrat party would never allow someone outside of their circle to win. Just ask Bernie and over half of the Democrat party.”

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Don Scalise: “Obama, Clinton, LBJ, Truman, Eisenhower all disagree with that assessment.”

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Sandy Kaye Gore: “He’s a joke.”

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Hank Mardukeis: “Seems as though Dick couldn’t die to the challenge.”

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Josiah Spriegel: “I am glad Ojeda saw reason. I hope he refocuses his energy at all the local and state-level problems we have that need fixing.”

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Anthony Mark Matheny: “You need money run a national campaign - a little different than running one state Senate seat.”

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Robert Roller: “Dude never stood a chance anyways.”