Matthews: Look for the candidate with motive, passion, spontaneity

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Let me finish with what I want you all to look for tonight.

Look for motive. Why’s he out there? What’s he really want to do as president? And who for? Why does he think he should be president at this time in our history? 

Look for passion. What turns this guy on? America? The idea behind this country? The chance to help people deal with their really hard challenges? 

What makes this guy laugh, makes him cry, makes him give a damn? Beneath the nice suit, the tie and the shined shoes, what soul lies there? What spirit? What’s the music to the man?

Finally, maybe the easiest to catch, the hardest to forge: spontaneity. Okay, the lights are on…is anybody home? Does this person react to the moment? Does he come alive when faced with a challenge, a question he hadn’t expected? Does he like this arena of the mind? And through it does he love the challenge of serving and leading his country? 

If he has it all—motive, passion, spontaneity—stop looking for a president; you’ve found one. 

 

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Matthews: Look for the candidate with motive, passion, spontaneity

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