Looking Ahead: Presidential Possibilities 2016

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40 Who Might Run for the White House

By Robert J. Guttman

January 6, 2014

There are at least 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans who could throw his or her hat into the ring for the run for the White House in 2016.

So, while the media seems focused on Hillary and Christie as the eventual Democratic and GOP nominees, it must be remembered that the road to the Oval Office is long with many curves thrown in so the actual nominees in 2016 might even be politicians we are not yet focused on as candidates.  The nominees might not even be known to the vast number of voters yet.

After all, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were not exactly household names several years before receiving their nominations.

Who besides former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton do the Democrats have on their bench?

Vice-President Joe Biden would be a good candidate as the common man who could run as the true heir apparent to President Obama and continue his programs.

The Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has not been much of a national figure but that could change and he has a well-known name and comes from the home of New York with its large number of electoral votes .

Governor Martin O’Malley from Maryland is looking like a presidential candidate already and has an outgoing personality that might appeal to the voters not to mention his band.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia talked about running for president in the past and could do it for real this time around.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has become a leading figure for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York could be a contender in 2016.

Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado could appeal to some younger voters with his states’ legalization of marijuana. Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas could throw their respective hats into the ring in ’16.

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has been appearing on television already discussing the possibility or running for president.

Former Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich has run for president before and could easily do so again.

Senator Sherrod Brown is an active liberal from Ohio who could appeal to the base of the party.  Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, who used to be a comedian on SNL, might liven up the race.

Either of the Udalls could run with their base in the West. Senator Mark Udall from Colorado and Senator Tom Udall from New Mexico could astonish everyone and join the race as did former Rep. Mo Udall in 1976.

Rep. Joaquin Castro or the Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro could build on their appearances at the previous Democratic Convention and run.

And, Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia who was previously head of the DNC could be a formidable candidate from this key electoral state.

Senator Amy Klobuchar has also been mentioned as a dark horse Democrat in ’16.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a leading candidate for the GOP in 2016 for the White House after his impressive re-election victory.

Former VP candidate Rep. Paul Ryan could go for the top of the ticket this time around promoting his budget skills.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is another possibility who could rally the base of the party to gain him the nomination.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is another strong possibility from a key electoral state as are his colleagues Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who made a national name for himself filibustering against Obamacare and Senator Rand Paul who would follow in his fathers’ footsteps in running for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2016.

Former Senator Rick Santorum has a strong base of support in Iowa and former Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown who may be a future senator from New Hampshire is popular with GOP base.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush could continue the family tradition and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is ready to run.

Huntsman was in and out of the race in 2012 but could start earlier this time around and build a constituency for his more moderate views.

Governor Rick Perry of Texas has a few obstacles to overcome from his debate performance last time around but he is a colorful character who could fire up the party.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez are possible choices for their party in 2016.

Governor John Kasich of Ohio and Senator John Thune of South Dakota are looking into running.

Rep. Peter King of New York and Newt Gingrich could make the contest for president much more exciting in 2016 if they choose to run.

Talk show host and former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas would be a very popular GOP candidate for president if he decides to give up his high paying gig on television to go back to the campaign trail.

And, there is always the ever popular showman and always a possible candidate, New York real estate tycoon Donald Trump.  It is time the Donald actually quit talking about running and actually ran for the Oval Office in 2016.

These are 40 possibilities for 2016-20 from each party.

People we haven’t even thought about or even know about will emerge and we will begin writing about them in the next couple of years.

So, don’t be fooled by media predictions of a Hillary win over Christie in 2016.  Odds are that they will both be sitting on the sidelines when the real action begins!

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