2016 Elections: Who’s Running and Who’s Next

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It is that time again, where every four years we bite our nails in worry and wonderment at who will throw their name in the hat for the 2016 Presidential Race. While the Democrats seem to only have one strong name out there so far, the Republican pool is rapidly growing. To help us keep up, here are the runners so far, and there is also a list of who to keep your eye on…  They could be next!

1. Ted Cruz

Republican Cruz is trying to stay ahead of the game. Not only was he the first to announce his candidacy for President in 2016, he also is now the first to release an ad for himself.

Cruz, the first Republican to officially declare his bid for president, is presenting himself as the conservative alternative to more establishment picks like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and is betting on his appeal with social conservatives to boost him toward the GOP nomination. Let the games begin…

2. Hillary Clinton

Democrat Clinton, the former first lady, New York’s senator,  and Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, has FINALLY announced that she will be running. Since most were aware this was happening, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. She will have some hurdles to overcome though after all of the recent scandal she has been involved in.  

Clinton has never adjusted easily to the campaign trail. The constant comparisons to her husband have always loomed large. The question now is whether nearly a quarter-century of trying has fortified and prepared her for what is surely her final attempt to become president.Read more here…

 

3. Marco Rubio

Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio announced recently that he would also be throwing his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidency. His focus is on moving forward with new policies and ridding the government of old stagnant policy.

Mr. Rubio made his announcement Monday evening during a speech here in which he presented himself as the embodiment of generational change who can unite the Republican Party’s factions and offer economic solutions for the 21st century. Read the full article here…

 

4. Rand Paul

Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has also announced seeking the presidency in 2016. Paul is likened to be a Tea Party favorite and wants to focus on bringing back hope to the American Dream.

“Today I am announcing, with God’s help and with liberty lovers everywhere, that I am putting myself forward as a candidate for president of the United States,” the 52-year-old Paul said at his “Stand for Rand” rally in Louisville, a few hours after making the announcement on RandPaul.com. Continue reading here…


Who To Watch

1.  Jeb Bush

Yes, another member of the Republican Bush family may announce that he is running in the near future. Keep an eye out for his announcement in the next few weeks. The announcement will come with some tension, due to the close relationship that he and Senator Marco Rubio have shared in the past. Read more on this here…

2. Chris Christie

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie is considering to run as well. It has been rumored that his trip to New Hampshire is the start of his presidential campaign. Read the full story here…

3. Scott Walker

The Republican Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, is also slated to announce his run in the near future.

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker is on his way to Israel, as part of an international trip to launch his nomination. Continue reading…

4. Mike Huckabee

The former Governor of Arkansas, Republican Mike Huckabee, may also be in the running. We will have to take his advice and stay tuned to see.

“I feel compelled to ascertain if the support exists strongly enough for another presidential run. So as we say in television, stay tuned!” Read more here…

5. Martin O’Malley

This Democratic hopeful hasn’t announced yet, but speculation shows he may just be announcing soon.

This morning, a day after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president in a video, Martin O’Malley sent an email and video to supporters which, while not explicitly announcing a run, comes pretty close: “There are moments in our history when new leadership is needed to move our country forward,” the email reads. “This is one of them.” Read more… 

6. Jim Webb

Democratic Jim Webb, a former Virginia Senator, may have his sights set on the presidency as well.

Former U.S. Sen Jim Webb, (D) Virginia, is considering joining the race for the 2016 presidential election. “We are exploring the presidency,” he says.  “We have been talking to people for the last several months and we will continue to do that.” Read more on him here…

7. Lincoln Chafee

Catching many off guard, Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor has put his name up as a possible contender for the Democratic side.

Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor who has a strong relationship with President Obama, announced his news in a web video and in an interview with Rhode Island Public Radio. See the full article here…

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