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Businessmen make bad presidents?

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Earlier this week, president candidate Mitt Romney lent his support to an idea from an audience member that has some crying foul.

The idea was to require all presidential candidates to have at least three years of business experience in addition to the restrictions they already face.

But according to the New York Times, a background in business is no guarantee for success.

The three-year requirement would have kept out most of America's president's who are considered by scholars to be the best, including both Roosevelts, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Reagan.

But some of the presidents ranked as the worst by those same scholars would fit the rule's requirements, including Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush, neither of whom are known for the success of their economic policies.

And Romney's business experience did not translate into more jobs in his time as governor: Massachusetts was 47th in the union in job creation during his administration.