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“A wonderful look at the personalities on the fringe of Presidential politics & the mind of Craig Tomashoff, who's drawn to them.” - Madeline Smithberg, co-creator of The Daily Show

“Citizens have a responsibility to be part of the election process. And here’s a little read to help you along with that. - Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairperson

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Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 20th 2015 by Bobtimystic Books
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Craig Tomashoff I agree that people shouldn't elect people who are personally unqualified for the job: bigots, uninformed folks and the like. But at the same, there a…moreI agree that people shouldn't elect people who are personally unqualified for the job: bigots, uninformed folks and the like. But at the same, there are many smart, logical people out there who just aren't given the chance to let their voices be heard. So it seems to me that if we really want to hear what "regular people" think and want, we should at least listen to them as part of the election process.(less)
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Zenobia
This year or so I have been trying to stay out of politics. However, I went to PolitiCon and meet the author Craig Tomashoff who was selling this book. After reading about the 15 of the hundreds of unknown people who were running for President in this election, I definitely want to make sure my role in the 2020 election is greater than what I am doing this election season (which is just voting in November). If I want to feel I am making a difference by deciding who should run for the highest pos ...more
Liz Alexander
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a country that once boasted a political candidate with the name Screaming Lord Sutch (founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party), I was immediately drawn to this book. Not least to discover that over 1,4000 ordinary citizens are running for POTUS in the current presidential race. A topic made all the more timely, given the rise of Donald Trump whom many appear to believe represents the views and values of average Americans.

Craig Tomashoff, a self-described lover of stories,
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Ally Barber
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we’re young, we think we can do anything and our elders encourage this belief, no matter how false or impossible it may be. Almost every child in America grows up truly believing that one day they could be a future leader of the free world, the President of the United States. It is only upon an increased cynicism or age that the formerly idealistic child realizes that such a dream is simply that – a dream. In reality, only those with the last name Bush or Clinton or who have millions in the ...more
Pam McGaffin
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why would an average Joe or Jane run for President of the United States when they have no chance of winning? Craig Tomashoff explores that question and others in his oddly uplifting book, "The Can’t-idates: Running for President When Nobody Knows Your Name." He points out how easy it is to qualify for the highest office in the country -- The Constitution only requires that you be at least 35 and a US citizen who has lived here at least 14 years – but how hard it is to be taken seriously as a can ...more
Anonymous
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I typically avoid any and just about everything even remotely discussing politics. It feels like those types of things usually just boil down to a bunch of opinionated ranting and finger-pointing at the opposite party. The Can’t-idates is absolutely nothing like that. Tomashoff has an engaging style that pulls you along for the ride with a sense of humor to match. With his overarching moral, we get a sense of who some of these people are and what they stand for- as well as what the rest of us c ...more
Amy
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As America gears up for the 2016 presidential election and prepares to send a candidate to the White House, it’s common to hear people complain about their choices. Why aren’t any ordinary, well-meaning people running for president? Well, they are, and here are their stories. With a humorous and affable voice Craig Tomashoff narrates his experiences as he meets the average citizens running for president. And throughout his experience the point that resonated with me is that, to many of these can ...more
Rachel Weeks
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Can’t-idates provides an interesting look at the presidential candidates (“can’t-idates”) who didn’t even come close to making it on the general public’s political radar. Tomashoff is witty and honest, as he takes readers along on his cross-country road trip to interview the most compelling, comical, and curious can’t-idates. I found Tomashoff incredibly funny, and I appreciated how he delivered his quips gently. While each presidential can’t-idate’s story functions as its own chapter, Tomas ...more
Sharon
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written look at real people who run for President. Already at the UW Daily, Tomashoff had a knack for getting people to open up and he has honed that over the years. Taking those skills around the country on a three week road trip, and coupling his interviews with insights as a writer and parent makes for a fascinating read in an unprecedented election year. Burned out on Trump and Clinton, buy the Can't-idates.
Susan
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An insightful yet enjoyable look into Tomashoff's quest to interview the unknown presidential candidates. A Well written and fascinating page turner. This collection of stories is told with both humor and wit as well as a seriousness that brought these interesting POTUS candidates to life for me. Highly recommend this book to readers fascinated by politics or just enjoy a great human interest stories.
Ms. Reader
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review....

This is a decent, sturdy, and well-written book that is humorous and delightful! I thoroughly enjoyed it, which says a lot since I'm honestly straying far away from political scene for obvious reasons.
Yi Shun
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this glimpse into a world I never even knew existed. Learned a lot, and also got to know the author through his experiences reporting.
M.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Funny book about the little guys. I enjoyed this journey. I won it in a contest and highly recommend it.
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I really enjoyed this book. With the current state of American politics, it was kind of refreshing to hear from everyday people who think they can make the country better. There is also the interesting point about how we view crazy statements by major party candidates and arguably the outsider candidates are less crazy. Good fun, especially for a politics junkie like me.
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Craig Tomashoff may not have done it all during his 20+ years as a journalist but he’s certainly tried. He’s spent the night drinking heavily on a Utah mountaintop with Jon Bon Jovi, eaten bologna sandwiches with an O.J. Simpson juror’s family as the verdict was read and scaled a 250-foot Brazilian church tower while tethered to a corporate attorney. Whether he’s navigating through the wilds of Ho ...more

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