None of the current candidates can hold a candle to the Founding Fathers, in my opinion.
That's because they all died a long time ago and we've been deifying them for the past 200 years. Examined under an objective light, they were fallible human beings with the same feet of clay our current crop of politicians have. They created a government that consolidated power amongst white, rich land owners, basically continuing the same sort of aristrocacy that existed in England, with some notable differences. The first, and most important, was being the country's executive was not a birthright and there was no king (although they did consider the idea). You served for a limited time and had to be chosen (albeint by rich, white land owners and no one else). That was a revolutionary idea and they absolutely deserver credit for it. But, beyond that, the only other real difference was the right to vote for a representative who would decide what taxes you pay - and that vote was limited to (you guessed it) white, rich land owners.
If Thomas Jefferson were running for office today he would probably come across no better or worse than the current crop of people we have running for office. And, even in his time there were people who were very critical and cynical about Jefferson. The campaign where he first won the presidency was brutal and there was all sorts of smears brought up against him.
Is it football season yet?