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7 politicians who started in journalism and got in (or near) the White House

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So Stephen Bannon, who runs the Breitbart.com, is now in charge of Donald Trump's campaign.

If Trump wins, Bannon will likely have a role in a Trump administration. But he wouldn't be the first person to start in journalism and end up in (or near) the White House. 

Sarah Palin on Glen Rice (Sports Report from 1987)

Sarah Palin

The former Republican vice presidential nominee was once a sports reporter. She's Sarah Heath in this clip from 1987. Of course she's seen covering hockey. 

Jay Carney

The former Miami Herald and TIME reporter was the White House press secretary.

Tony Snow

The White House press secretary under George W. Bush got his start at the The Greensboro Record in North Carolina and worked for several newspapers. 

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Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, wave to the delegates from the stage of the Democratic National Convention at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night, Aug. 28, 1996. Democrats nominated President Clinton for a second term Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pool/Brian Bahr)

Al Gore

The Democratic nominee in 2000 who came this close to winning the presidency  was once a war correspondent and later an investigative reporter for The Tennessean. 

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Ralph Nader stands in front of a Chevrolet Corvair in The American Museum of Tort Law, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Winsted, Conn. The museum, which opens Saturday, has been developed by the consumer advocate and two-time presidential candidate as a kind of ode to the jury system. Nader featured the Corvair in his 1965 book on the auto industry?s safety record, ?Unsafe at Any Speed?. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Ralph Nader 

The frequent third-party candidate came to fame with his article "The Safe Car You Can't Buy" and the subsequent book, Unsafe at Any Speed, published in The Nation.

In this Jan. 31, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at Inspired Grounds Cafe in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
In this Jan. 31, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at Inspired Grounds Cafe in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Mike Huckabee 

Huckabee was one of the approximately four thousand Republican nominees this election cycle. His first job as 14-year-old was reading news and weather for a radio station.

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John F. Kennedy

The former president worked as a correspondent for Hearst Newspapers in May of 1945, according to biographer Robert Dallek.

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