One of Donald Trump's most effective arguments for election as president is that his success as a businessman makes him qualified to run the U.S. government.
But according to Jerry Springer, a politician turned talk show host who has had success in both the public and private sector,running a business and a country couldn't be more different.
"There is absolutely no correlation between running a business and running the country," Springer said, talking to a few reporters just outside the Wells Fargo Center on Monday afternoon."Business is run to make a profit.… by definition the government will never be profitable, that's why we pay taxes. The skills used in business don't correlate to the decisions you make in politics."
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Regardless of whether you believe he's been effective leading a company, his business acumen is one of his biggest strengths — many supporters would say. Even under the assumption that his achievements turning a profit are unequaled, that skill, according to Springer, would not prepare him to run the White House.
"Trump said, 'I am going to build a wall,'" Springer said. "Well what if in order to get through Congress he needs one more vote, and it's from a senator who wants to make an agreement withIran?That gives the president a tough decision. Are you going to give up the chance to make a deal with Iran to get a wall built?"
Springers' bias is clear, but is his point nonpartisan? The one-time mayor of Cincinnati and world-known daytime talkshow host would argue it is.
"Donald Trump would be a lot of fun to play golf with," Springer said."Hillary Clinton is the person I would want — if I couldn't have my wife help me raise children — I would want her."