Throwback Thursday: Chris Keniston: “Which candidate is most qualified to represent you?”


Chris Keniston and running mate Deacon Taylor (Image:

Throwback Thursday: For today’s Throwback Thursday segment, ATPR is rewinding to April 25th, 2016, when, in an article, Veterans Party of America presidential candidate Chris Keniston addressed accusations that he is unqualified to be president. The article was published while the major party primaries were still in (relatively) full swing.


“You’re not qualified to be President of the United States.”

Thanks for the completely subjective opinion. An opinion that really depends upon what you personally feel qualifies to represent the American people in this nation’s highest office.

According to the United States Constitution “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be elgible to the office of President; neither shall any person be elgible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident in the United States.”

– I was born at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Both of my parents are natural-born American citizens from Pennsylvania.
– I am 45 years old.
– I have been a resident of the United States since my family returned from my father’s military assignment in Germany, in 1974.

Constitutionally, I am fully qualified to hold the office of President of the United States.

But that’s not the real criticism here, is it? No, the real criticism is that I lack the political experience of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. I’m not a billionaire business mogul and constant source of media attention like Donald Trump.

I haven’t spent decades learning how to reward my big corporate donors. I haven’t spent decades learning to posture before the cameras and sell the American people on the one apparent benefit of proposed legislation, while conveniently omitting its real costs and consequences. I haven’t spent decades ignoring the people I promised to represent in government, until fundraising for my next election. I haven’t spent decades campaigning on solving the American people’s problems, only to blame the other party for my failures and offer empty promises to better if re-elected. I haven’t learned to be a petit dictator whose wealth and power was built upon the labors of others, and slick personal branding.

Read the rest of Keniston’s article at

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