The Gist: When Governors run for president with Ben Casselman, and Joe Biden’s speech.

Do Governors Have Much Control Over State Economies? Does That Translate to the Presidency?

Do Governors Have Much Control Over State Economies? Does That Translate to the Presidency?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 21 2015 6:56 PM

Padding Your Résumé for President

Governors are always talking about the economic wonderlands they’ve created in their states, but does that translate to a national economy?

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Many top-polling GOP candidates are former governors.

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What part of a governor’s economic impact scales at a national level? On The Gist, Ben Casselman from FiveThirtyEight offers a new criterion from his article, “How To Evaluate The Economic Records of Governors Who Want to Be President.” For the Spiel, the moment that stood out to Pesca from Joe Biden’s announcement today.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.