Oklahoma billionaire wants committee to screen candidates before they run for president

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STILLWATER, Okla. – A prominent Oklahoma billionaire has had enough of the presidential hopefuls.

T. Boone Pickens, the BP Capital founder and well-known Oklahoma State donor, is calling for a bipartisan panel to determine who can run for president, according to Politico.

“We’ve turned our presidential selection process into a reality TV show. Hell, it’s worse than reality TV. Why? Because this reality TV show is about the (sic) selecting the leader of the Free World,” Pickens wrote in a Linked In post. “My big idea for 2016 is to put together a bipartisan screening committee that vets presidential candidates like we do anyone else applying for a job and recommends the best candidates possible. We have people running for president now who don’t even have experience running a lemonade stand.”

Pickens says the committee would look at a candidate’s leadership experience, team-building skills and a rock-solid plan for their administration.

“Right now we have a process that emphasizes accusation and innuendo. Fact-checking is done… after the fact. And just like reality TV, there is too much of an emphasis on the inconsequential and the irrelevant. Such a vetting process could alleviate much of that,” he wrote.

Pickens says the committee is simply an idea and hopes it inspires others to think of a better way to approach politics.

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