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Sheldon Adelson

Anybody can be president?

Anybody can be president?

The old adage that every mother's son can grow up to be president -- now revised to include her daughter -- is being put to the test with a vengeance in this current election cycle.

The latest batch of Republicans -- businesswoman Carly Fiorina, retired surgeon Ben Carson and former ArkansasGov. Mike Huckabee -- joins three freshman senators, Ted Cruz of Texas,Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio ofFlorida, in the 2016 race.

Others on the edge of the pool include Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and real-estate tycoon Donald Trump. The lure of the Oval Office, or at least of free television time in...