JPMorgan chief: CEOs might not make good presidents

The head of banking giant JPMorgan Chase said in an interview Sunday that business executives don’t have everything it takes to be president.

Jamie Dimon, long active in Democratic politics and a support of the Clintons, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that some attributes chief executive officers (CEO) can be helpful for presidents, but not all.


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“I think some of the attributes could be good. Running things, knowing how to run things, knowing how to get good people involved,” Dimon said.

But those skills aren’t the whole story, he said.

“It’s not sufficient. I think you have a whole ‘nother set of attributes. I think it’s really complex politics,” he said. “It’s three-dimensional chess.”

Dimon also criticized current political leaders for gridlock on a variety of policy issues and said that the economy would be growing at a better clip if leaders had their act together.

“For example, the debt ceiling crisis, government shutdowns, gridlock on taxes, budgets, we didn't finish immigration policy,” he said.

“Those things are not good for America,” Dimon continued, adding immigration reform as another example.

“If we do those things we'd be growing a lot faster,” he said.

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But he declined to endorse Clinton in his NBC interview, or anyone else, saying it’s too early in the process.