Mike Ditka revealed recently that he thought about running against Obama in the race for Senate that Obama eventually won. Barack Obama, the former Illinois senator, obviously went on to become the president of the United States after serving for four years in the Senate. Just imagine how crazy it would be if Ditka were in the same situation and had become our president instead.
For those that do not know Ditka’s history, he is a former NFL player and coach. He was a tight end for the Chicago Bears, before coaching them to a Super Bowl, and also spent some time coaching the Dallas Cowboys. Mike Ditka is also one of only two people to win an NFL title as both a player and a coach.
He is an NFL legend, but it is hard to imagine him tackling the world of politics.This week, he admitted that his decision to not run against Barack Obama in the 2004 Senate was the biggest mistake that he has ever made.
I love how Mike Ditka still thinks that he could have beat Obama in that senate race.
— T1theinfamous (@T1theinfamous) October 9, 2013
Ditka was urged to run for the Senate seat by by republicans, but he denied the offer, claiming to have other commitments. Obama went on to win the election of course, defeating former ambassador Alan Keyes in a landslide. He was speaking at an oil company event in Watford City, ND, when he told the crowd about his biggest regret of not running. At the event he said, “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.”
Mike Ditka says, "his biggest mistake was not running against Obama for the Illinois senate seat" #loveit
— Dylan Fridrich (@dylanfridrich) October 4, 2013
He probably would have won huh? That is quite a statement for the former coach to make, but of course he can say that now. It seems like he indirectly blames himself for the fact that Obama is in the White House right now. After deciding not to run in 2004, he later went on to support John McCain in the 2008 election.
Can you imagine if Mike Ditka was president of the United States? Respond below with your thoughts.
President Mike Ditka is 73 today. Okay, so that's alternate universe talk; assumes he ran in and won that '04 Senate race instead of Obama
— Toby W. Stock (@tobywstock) October 18, 2012
Mike Ditka, as well as several Republican politicians were offered the unappealing opportunity to run against the popular Obama, but they all ultimately denied, and it seems that everyone knew that Obama was guaranteed the win and was too afraid to even take him on.
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