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Revision as of 15:54, 11 July 2014

This page will follow the top possible 2016 United States Presidential candidates, according to USA Today's "The Road to 2016." This page will be updated to reflect current news and any new candidates.

USA Today's top candidates

USA Today's "The Road to 2016" covers top presidential candidates. Below are the candidates they have labeled as potential candidates:[1]




Democratic candidate news

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop.jpg
See also: Hillary Clinton

On September 5, 2014, Clinton announced she would make a decision about her presidential candidacy after January 1, 2015. She stated, "I am going to be making a decision … probably after the first of the year about whether I’m going to run again or not."[2]
However, the Ready for Hillary Super PAC was formed in January 2013 to lay the groundwork for Clinton's candidacy. The PAC and Clinton's spokesperson have denied any contact between the two regarding a possible run.[3] According to an August 29, 2013 Washington Post report, the super PAC Priorities USA, a main fundraiser for Barack Obama's re-election campaign, is positioning itself to be the main media and advertising arm for a Clinton campaign in 2016.[4][5] When the U.S. was in its formative years, a secretary of state ascending to the presidency was commonplace, but the last secretary of state to be elected to the nation's highest office was James Buchanan in 1856.[6]


Clinton visited Iowa on September 14, 2014, for the first time since losing her presidential primary bid in 2008, as a headliner to Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry before his retirement.[7][8] As a previous U.S. secretary of state, she also gained extensive foreign affairs experience. Since retiring, she has been an active speaker around the country.[9] Both Hillary and Bill Clinton actively sought support of African Americans during 2013, speaking at Howard University's commencement ceremony, at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, at political strategist Bill Lynch's and former Representative William H. Gray III's memorial services and to the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Their speeches often touched on the issue of voting rights since the Supreme Court's ruling, striking down part of the Voting Rights Act in June 2013.[10]

Clinton announced on July 4, 2014, that all of the speaking fees from events at colleges and universities since she stepped down as secretary of state have been donated to the Clinton Foundation.[11]

2014 midterm support

Clinton's team announced an extensive tour throughout the U.S. leading up to the 2014 midterm elections with the purpose of helping the Senate maintain a Democratic majority and to show her support in key 2016 presidential states. Scheduled stops included campaigning for Alison Lundergan Grimes (KY), a family friend of the Clintons through Grimes' father, Bruce Braley (IA), Staci Appel (IA), Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mark Udall (D-CO), Senate challenger Michelle Nunn and at a New Hampshire women's candidate event for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan.[12]

Additionally, she planned to both attend and host fundraisers for various candidates, including one hosted by major Barack Obama donor Jeffrey Katzenburg in California.[12]

"Hard Choices" memoir

On June 10, 2014, Clinton released a new book, titled "Hard Choices." The book focuses on Clinton's four years as Barack Obama's Secretary of State. She began a months-long book tour upon its release including speaking events and television appearances. Some notable events during the book tour were as follows:

  • When discussing the book the day prior to its release, Clinton defended the high speaking fees she collects because when Bill Clinton's presidency she claimed the family "came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt." Pro-Republican research group American Rising attacked the comments, suggesting they "reveal someone who is extremely out of touch with financial reality facing Americans."[13]
Media mentions
  • Both CNN and NBC cancelled film plans on the life of Clinton in September 2013. CNN planned to film a documentary until the director, Charles Ferguson, dropped out of the project. NBC cancelled a mini-series in early stages of development. Both companies felt pressure from the Republican National Committee who believed the networks were putting their "thumb on the scales" for the 2016 election.[14]
  • The production company Lionsgate announced talks to film a movie which, "portrays Rodham as a young lawyer on the committee involved in President Richard Nixon's impeachment, as well as shows her juggling a diverging career path with her unresolved feelings for future president Bill Clinton." James Ponsoldt was rumored to be named as a potential director.[15]
  • Clinton made the cover of TIME magazine in January 2014 with the title of the article being "Can Anyone Stop Hillary?"[16]

Public statements about possible run

  • October 4, 2013: Clinton hinted at a timeline for announcing a run. "I want to think seriously about it; I probably won’t begin thinking about it until sometime next year. I will think about it because it’s something on a lot of people’s minds. And it’s on my mind as well. But I want us to think more broadly," Clinton said.[17]
  • October 31, 2013: According to sources in attendance at a reception in Scotland earlier in October, Clinton remained noncommittal about a run. When asked by reporters about a possible run, Clinton replied: "I haven’t made up my mind yet." When her answer was sarcastically called unsatisfactory, Clinton added: "Yes, it is unsatisfactory. I'm minded to do it."[18]
  • November 21, 2013: During a speech in Philadelphia, a heckler yelled, "Hillary '16!" Clinton responded by stating, "That’s funny. Well there are some hecklers that I would never say anything bad about."[19]
  • September 5, 2014: While addressing a crowd in Mexico, Clinton claimed, "I do have a unique vantage point and set of experiences about what makes the United States operate well and what doesn't, and what a president can do and should be doing."[20]

Comments on possible campaign

  • On August 11, 2014, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) claimed he wasn't comfortable the public's endorsement of Clinton as the next Democratic presidential candidate, explaining, "I’m not quite sure that the political process is one in which we anoint people."[21]
  • On May 22, 2014, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI) announced her endorsement of Clinton for the presidency, stating, "We need President Hillary Clinton. That's why I am honored to formally announce my renewed and unreserved support for Clinton as she considers a 2016 presidential bid."[22]
  • President Barack Obama commented on both Clinton and Joe Biden when asked to compare them on December 6, 2013, stating, "both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents, and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents."[23]
  • On November 4, 2013, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus stated the RNC is focusing on Clinton as the Democratic opponent in 2016, saying, "I think that we have to be very aggressive on what she’s done or hasn't done. And the things that she is famous for, like a botched health care rollout in the '90s, and Benghazi, and the things that she is involved with that are or went obviously pretty badly, we need to focus in on."[24]
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated, "I'm behind Hillary if she runs. And I think she will. But that's up to her. If she runs, I'm in," on October 30, 2013.[25]
  • Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ) commented on a potential Clinton run for the presidency, stating, "I think she would be viewed by anyone, Republican or Democrat, as a very formidable candidate for 2016," on October 28, 2013.[26]
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) stated, "Now, as I look at 2016 and think about who is best to lead this country forward, I’m proud to announce that I am Ready for Hillary," in support of the Ready for Hillary Super PAC on June 18, 2013.[27]
  • On November 3, 2013, Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) said of the Democratic Party's presidential chances, "With a strong platform and with Hillary leading the charge, we will vanquish the Ted Cruz, Tea Party Republicans in 2016 and create a generation of Democrats who will make sure the middle class gets what it needs, our country advances and the torch held by that beautiful lady in New York’s harbor burns more brightly than ever."[28]
  • Potential Republican candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized Clinton in an August 24, 2014 interview, calling her a "war hawk." He stated, "I think that’s what scares the Democrats the most is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s going to be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say we are tired of war, we’re worried that Hillary Clinton is going to get us into another Middle Eastern war because she’s so gung ho. If you want to see a transformational election in our country, let the Democrats put forward a war hawk like Hillary Clinton and you’ll see a transformation like you’ve never seen."[29]


  • On January 12, 2013, a list of Clinton's "enemies" from her 2008 presidential campaign was made public by the publishers of the book, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. Included on the list were then-Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy as well as current Sen. Claire McCaskill.[30]


Murdoch donations

Going back to Bill Clinton's terms as president, News Corp., owned by Rupert Murdoch, has given over $3 million to the Clintons' political campaigns. He also held a fundraiser for Hillary during her 2006 campaign for the Senate. When asked if he would vote Clinton if she ran for president, Murdoch said, "It would depend on the Republican candidate. I could live with Hillary as president."[31]

Ready for Hillary

The Ready for Hillary Super PAC has been organizing events across the country to garner support for a possible Clinton campaign. As of November 7, 2013, the team of 30 people has received donations from over 20,000 people. Operations began in January 2013.[32][33] The super PAC raised over $4 million in 2013 and finished the year with $784,640 cash on hand after taking expenditures into account.[34]

Public opinion polls

See also: Early presidential polling, 2016 and Presidential straw polls, 2016
  • According to an NBC poll released November 12, 2013, pitting Clinton against Chris Christie, 44% of adults supported Clinton while 34% supported Christie.[35]
  • Consulting company YouGov reported December 2, 2013, that for the first time in 2013, more people hold an unfavorable opinion of her than hold a favorable one. The poll claimed 48% do not hold a favorable view, while 46% view her favorably.[36]
  • A poll conducted on December 11, 2013, by Quinnipiac showed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie leading a hypothetical election by 1%. The results showed 42% of Americans supported Christie, while 41% supported Clinton. However, in a matchup between Clinton and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Clinton polled at 48% to Paul's 41%.[37]
  • A McClatchy-Marist poll released December 11, 2013, showed Clinton defeating likely Democratic challenger Joe Biden 65% to 12%.[37]
  • According to a Quinnipiac poll released January 21, 2013, Clinton led Christie with 46% supporting Clinton while 38% supported Christie.[38]
  • In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on April 29, 2014, Clinton led Republican Jeb Bush in a general election poll with 53% support to Bush's 41%.[39]
  • A Granite State Poll in New Hampshire released October 9, 2014, showed Clinton receiving 58 percent of the vote with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) getting 18 percent of the voters' support.[40]

Joe Biden

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See also: Joe Biden

In an interview on February 7, 2014, Biden stated, There’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run."[41] He has experience working in New Hampshire and Iowa as both a presidential candidate in 2008 and as a vice presidential candidate in 2012.[9] However, only nine vice presidents have been elected to serve as president. Of those nine, only four were elected directly after their term as vice president.[42] Biden has run in two other presidential primary races.[43]


Biden visited Iowa on September 17, 2014, days after fellow potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to give the headline speech for the Nuns on the Bus bus tour, as part of an official White House visit to the state. He headlined Sen. Tom Harkin's fish fry in 2013, but Clinton was chosen as the keynote speaker in 2014.[44] It was reported in August 2013, that Biden and his team were discussing starting a political action committee to begin fundraising efforts for a 2016 presidential bid. Using the PAC Biden would be able to financially support certain candidates in the midterm elections, solidifying support for his own run.[45]

2014 cycle fundraising

Leading into the 2014 midterm elections, Biden staged "secret" fundraisers during official speaking visits across the country. The closed-door meetings allowed Biden to keep in contact with and show support for important Democratic figures throughout the United States. In order to keep the meetings quick, Biden told local members of Congress or candidates how many people he would have time to see and a "photo line" was formed of the invited donors and supporters, allowing each to have a picture with the vice president.[46]

In mid-October 2014, Biden scheduled a West Coast tour, planning stops to support Democratic challenger for California's 21st District Amanda Renteria, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) as well as a fundraising trip for Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (D). More fundraisers were scheduled along the way.[47]

Public speaking gaffes

Biden is known, in part, for his public speaking slip-ups, or what some call "Joe being Joe." Following is a list of those gaffes during the 2016 election cycle.[47]

  • On September 16, 2014, Biden made reference to "Shylocks" giving military families bad loans during a speech. He apologized the following day, calling it a "poor choice of words."[48]
  • On September 17, 2014, the day he apologized for including "Shylocks" in a speech, Biden referred to Asia as "the Orient" during a speech in Iowa.[49]
  • On September 19, 2014, Biden reminisced about working alongside former Sen. Bob Packwood (R-OR) at a women's conference. Packwood resigned from the Senate in 1995 after allegations of sexual advances and assaults on women arose.[50]
  • On October 2, 2014, he suggested in a Q&A at Harvard that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have assisted extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, including ISIS. He apologized to officials from all three countries.[51]

Public statements on a possible run

  • In a July 2013 interview, Biden stated, "I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America, but it doesn't mean I won't run."[52]

Comments on potential campaign

  • President Barack Obama commented on both Biden and Hillary Clinton when asked to compare them, stating, "both Hillary and Joe would make outstanding presidents, and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents."[53]

Public opinion polls

See also: Early presidential polling, 2016 and Presidential straw polls, 2016
  • A December 11, 2013, poll conducted by McClatchy-Marist showed Biden losing a hypothetical primary to Hillary Clinton, with 65% supporting Clinton to 12% supporting Biden.[54]

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren.jpg
See also: Elizabeth Warren


Possible presidential candidate
Elizabeth Warren

Political offices:
Current U.S. Senator

Warren on the issues:
Campaign preparationTaxesGovernment regulationsInternational tradeBudgetsAgricultural subsidiesFederal assistance programsForeign affairsFederalismNatural resourcesHealthcareImmigrationEducationAbortionGay rightsCharacterCommunicationsPolitical and leadership attributes

Democratic Party Democratic candidates:
Joe BidenLincoln ChafeeHillary ClintonAndrew CuomoKirsten GillibrandAmy KlobucharDennis KucinichMartin O'MalleyBrian SchweitzerMark WarnerElizabeth WarrenJim Webb
See also: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is a potential candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016.

Warren is a Democratic member of the United States Senate representing Massachusetts. Warren defeated Republican incumbent Scott Brown on November 6, 2012, and is currently serving her first term.[55][56][57] After a lengthy November 2013 profile of Warren in The New Republic, rumors of a possible 2016 run began heating up. Despite Warren having been among a group of female Senate Democrats who wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton urging her to run, a former Warren aide said, "If Hillary or the man on the moon is not representing her stuff, and her people don’t have a seat at table, she’ll do what she can to make sure it’s represented. ...Yeah, Hillary is running. And she’ll probably win. But Elizabeth doesn’t care about winning. She doesn’t care whose turn it is."[58][59]

Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama (D).[60]

On the trail

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Campaign preparation


  • On August 13, 2014, Elizabeth Warren announced that she would visit Israel with a congressional delegation following the 2014 midterm elections, which caused some to believe that the trip was an attempt to strengthen her foreign affairs credibility.[61]
  • Despite Warren having stated that she was not running for president, a group of supporters started the Ready for Warren Super PAC to raise funds for a 2016 presidential run. When asked about the PAC Warren said, "I do not support this."[62]

Comments on a possible Warren campaign

  • On December 4, 2013, Elizabeth Warren announced she would serve out her term in the Senate. She said, "I am not running for president. I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator that I can be and to fight for the things that I promised during my campaign to fight for."[63]
  • When former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was asked if Warren would run, he said, "Oh, I think yes. In the first place, why would you want to get into a profession and have no interest in rising to the top of it? I don't know anybody who has that."[64]
  • After a woman attending Warren's book tour shouted, "Run, Liz, run!," Warren replied, "I’m not running for president."[64]

Advisors and staff

  • According to The Washington Examiner, "Some members of Warren's Senate campaign team are still in her inner political circle, and would likely be intimately involved in her decision to run for president and in planning her campaign."[64]
  • According to the May 2014 article, Warren's staff includes:
  • Doug Rubin: "who former Obama adviser David Axelrod recommended to run Warren’s Senate campaign."[64]
  • Mandy Grunwald: "a longtime ally of Clinton, who counseled Warren early on whether to run and later advised her campaign."[64]
  • Mindy Myers, "a key figure in Warren’s fold and her chief of staff, who ran Obama’s New Hampshire campaign in 2008 before leading Warren to victory in 2012."[64]
  • In June 2014, Dan Geldon, who advised Warren during her Senate campaign, left her office to become an independent consultant. "Geldon said he will continue to advise Warren’s political operation," according to The Boston Globe.[65]

On the issues

Economic and fiscal


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Taxes
  • In 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2569 - the Bring Jobs Home Act, which proposed granting "business taxpayers a tax credit for up to 20% of insourcing expenses incurred for eliminating a business located outside the United States and relocating it within the United States, and (2) deny a tax deduction for outsourcing expenses incurred in relocating a U.S. business outside the United States."[66]
  • Warren co-sponsored S.321 - the Paying a Fair Share Act of 2013, which proposed requiring "an individual taxpayer whose adjusted gross income exceeds $1 million to pay a minimum tax rate of 30% of the excess of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income over the taxpayer's modified charitable contribution deduction for the taxable year (tentative fair share tax)."[67]
  • In 2013, Warren voted for S.Amdt.297 to S.Con.Res.8, which proposed repealing the medical device tax.[68][69]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported ending the "Bush tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000" and returning "estate tax rates to 2009 levels," according to The Boston Globe.[70]

Government regulations

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Government regulations
  • In 2014, Elizabeth Warren opposed a spending bill that included reversing some of the regulations on banks implemented in "Dodd-Frank" financial regulation reform.[71]
  • Warren's website states: "We need to make it easier for workers who want to organize to have the chance to do so. If people want to work together for better wages, for better health care, and for better working conditions, they should have the right to do so. I support the Employee Free Choice Act and workers' right to organize. Unions have been critical to building a strong middle class in America. Unions have fought for higher wages, high quality health care, and improved safety conditions. Union labor are also some of the most highly skilled workers in the world - with advanced training that makes them competitive. I support a strong labor movement in the United States and around the world."[72]

International trade

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/International trade
  • Elizabeth Warren's website states: "To grow our economy, we need to sell our products to the rest of the world. But we have to have a level playing field - strong trade laws and strong enforcement. That means labor and environmental standards. It means protecting our intellectual property rights by getting tough on the knock offs that undercut our ability to compete and, in the long run, cost us money and jobs. And it means putting pressure on foreign currency manipulation that artificially makes our goods less competitive."[73]


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Budgets
  • According to her website, Elizabeth Warren supports cutting "the tax breaks to the oil and gas industry and the loopholes for hedge fund managers," returning "to Clinton-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans" and cutting the defense budget.[74]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported cutting the defense budget and closing "loopholes for hedge fund managers," according to The Boston Globe.[70]

Agricultural subsidies

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Agricultural subsidies
  • In 2013, Elizabeth Warren voted for S.Amdt.953 to S.954, which proposed limiting "the amount of premium subsidy provided by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation on behalf of any person or legal entity with an average adjusted gross income in excess of $750,000."[75][76]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported ending agricultural subsidies.[70]

Federal assistance programs

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federal assistance programs
  • In 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2491 - the Medicare Protection Act, which expressed "the sense of the Senate that: (1) the eligibility age under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act should not be increased, and (2) the Medicare program should not be privatized or turned into a voucher system."[77]
  • During a November 2013 interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Warren advocated for expanding social security. She said, "I believe fundamentally, we are a people who believe that anyone should be able to retire with dignity. And that's what Social Security is about. People who work all their lives and pay into it should have a minimum level that they don't fall beneath. That's good economics."[78]

Foreign affairs

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Foreign affairs

Iran nuclear deal

See also: 2016 presidential candidates on the Iran nuclear deal
  • On April 3, 2015, Elizabeth Warren said, "Here's the bottom line. Finding a negotiated solution, something that works, something that doesn't involve trusting, something that involves verifying that Iran is not moving toward developing a nuclear weapon, that is our best promise in the region. And so far, when everyone says they don't like this deal -- not everyone certainly, [but] the people who do say it -- the real question is, 'And what's the alternative here? What have you got as the next best move?' I want to see what comes out in the details. You know, we all know the devil is in the details. And [John] Kerry himself has made clear, it's possible it won't all work, that we won't get it all the way across the finish line. But, you know, there are some good signs at this point that there may be a negotiated solution here."[79]

Military preparedness and budget

  • Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2295 - the National Commission on the Future of the Army Act of 2014, which proposed prohibiting "the use of funds made available for FY2015 for the Army to: (1) reduce Army personnel below the authorized fiscal year end strengths of 450,000 for active duty personnel of the Army, 345,000 for the Army National Guard, and 195,000 for the Army Reserve; or (2) divest, retire, or transfer any AH-64 Apache aircraft assigned to units of the Army National Guard as of January 15, 2014, or to reduce related personnel below the levels of such personnel as of September 30, 2014."[80]

National security

  • In September 2014, Elizabeth Warren said, "ISIS is growing in strength. It has money, it has organization, it has the capacity to inflict real damage. So when we think about a response we have to think about how to destroy that. ...We need to be working now, full-speed ahead, with other countries, to destroy ISIS. That should be our No. 1 priority."[81]
  • In September 2014, Warren voted against H.J.Res.124 - the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015, which among other things, provided "assistance to elements of the Syrian opposition and other Syrian groups for: (1) defending the Syrian people from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); (2) Protecting the United States, its friends and allies, and the Syrian people from the threats posed by terrorists in Syria; and (3) Promoting the conditions for a negotiated settlement to end the conflict in Syria." It became law on September 19, 2014.[82]
  • Warren co-sponsored S.2329 - the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, which proposed declaring "that it shall be U.S. policy to: (1) prevent Hezbollah's global logistics and financial network from operating in order to curtail funding of its domestic and international activities; and (2) utilize diplomatic, legislative, and executive avenues to combat Hezbollah's criminal activities in order to block that organization's ability to fund its global terrorist activities."[83]
  • In April 2013, Warren co-sponsored S.34 - the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2013, which proposed amending "the federal criminal code to authorize the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of a firearms or explosives license or permit (or revoke such license or permit) if the Attorney General: (1) determines that the transferee is known (or appropriately suspected) to be engaged in terrorism or has provided material support or resources for terrorism; and (2) has a reasonable belief that the transferee may use a firearm in connection with terrorism."[84]

International relations

  • Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2673 - the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which "Expresses the sense of Congress that Israel is a major U.S. strategic partner." It became law on December 19, 2014.[85]
  • Warren's website states: "Our economic power at home is linked to our strength around the world. A strong economy at home enables us to have the best-trained and most advanced military in the world - and the standing in the world such that we don't always need to use it."[86]



See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federalism
  • In June 2013, Elizabeth Warren criticized the judicial appointment process. She said, "Above all, we must make judicial nominations a priority. It’s time for a new generation of judges, judges whose life experience extends beyond big firms, federal prosecution, and white-collar defense. We need sustained pressure to get those judges in front of the Senate. Pressure — pressure on our president, pressure on senators, pressure in the press."[87]
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • In November 2013, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.J.Res.19 which proposed allowing "Congress and the states to regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections." The resolution also proposed distinguishing between "natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections."[88]
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • In April 2013, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.Amdt.714 to S.649, which proposed regulating "large capacity ammunition feeding devices."[89]
  • In April 2013, Warren co-sponsored S.Amdt.711 to S.649, which proposed regulating "assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited."[90]
Crime and justice
  • Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.1410 - the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014, which, among other things, proposed repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.[91]

Natural resources

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Natural resources
Energy development/ regulation
  • In February 2013, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.401 - the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which proposed allowing "a 30% tax credit for investment in a qualifying offshore wind facility."[92]
  • Warren's website states: "Investing in clean energy technology is investing in our health, our environmental security, our national security, and our economic security."[93]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren supported ending oil and gas subsidies.[70]
Keystone XL Pipeline
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren opposed "hydraulic fracturing until companies meet clean water regulations and disclose chemicals," according to The Boston Globe.[70]
Climate change
  • In June 2014, Elizabeth Warren supported "Environmental Protection Agency standards which aim to cut the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants by an ambitious 30 percent by the year 2030," according to Mass Live. She said, "We know that high carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are driving climate change. We know those carbon dioxide levels are increasing the acidity of our oceans, disrupting already-fragile marine ecosystems. And we know that power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of America's carbon pollution. Add all that up, and we know enough to know that reducing carbon pollution from power plant emissions will make a real difference in the fight against climate change."[95]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren argued that "the data proving human influence on climate change is overwhelming," and she supported "EPA regulation of greenhouse gases," according to The Boston Globe.[70]


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Healthcare
  • In March 2013, Elizabeth Warren voted against S.Amdt.30 to S.Amdt.26, which proposed prohibiting "the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."[96][97]
  • Warren co-sponsored S.482 - the Health Insurance Rate Review Act, which proposed amending "the Public Health Service Act to declare that federal requirements that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) review unreasonable premium increases in health care coverage shall not be construed to prohibit a state from imposing additional rate requirements on health insurance issuers that are more protective of consumers. Expands such review to include all rate increases, not only premium increases."[98]
  • When Warren was asked if she supported a single-payer healthcare system during her 2012 Senate campaign, she responded, "I think the urgent question now is whether we're going to be able to hold on to the health care reforms that just passed. There are a lot of people who want to repeal them. I think we need to focus on protecting them and on finding new ways to lower costs, which are still too high."[99]


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Immigration
  • In June 2013, Elizabeth Warren voted for S.744 - the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.[100]
  • In June 2013, Warren voted against S.Amdt.1197 to S.744, which proposed requiring "the completion of the 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing described in section 102(b)(1)(A) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted and to require the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status."[101][102]


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Education
  • In September 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2826 - the Strengthening Forgiveness for Public Servants Act, which proposed forgiving a percentage of an individual's student loans based on the number of years the individual worked as a public servant.[103]
  • In November 2013, Warren co-sponsored S.1697 - the Strong Start for America's Children Act, which proposed allotting "matching grants to states and, through them, subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs), childhood education program providers, or consortia of those entities to implement high-quality prekindergarten programs for children from low-income families."[104]
  • According to U.S. News & World Report, "In her 2003 book, The Two Income Trap, Warren and co-author Amelia Warren Tyagi cite the traditional public schools system, in which children are assigned to a school based on their residence, as a key source of economic pressure for families with children. Warren and Tyagi call for system-wide reforms to break the link between where a child lives and where they go to school, and specifically make the case for a fully-funded voucher program that would enable children to attend any public school."[105]


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Abortion
  • In July 2014, Elizabeth Warren co-sponsored S.2578 - the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014, which proposed requiring that "an employer that establishes or maintains a group health plan for its employees must provide coverage of a specific item or service for the employees or their dependents where the coverage is required under federal provisions or regulations pursuant to those provisions; and (2) group health plans sponsored by an employer or employee organization, and any health insurance coverage, must provide coverage required under the Public Health Service Act, including preventive health services."[106]
  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Warren expressed her support for abortion rights. She also supported "Massachusetts’ parental notification law, which requires girls under 18 to obtain parental consent before having an abortion, with an option for a judge to provide consent," according to The Boston Globe.[70]

Gay rights

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Gay rights
  • During a March 2012 interview, Elizabeth Warren expressed her support for same-sex marriage and said, "I think that DOMA is a terrible statute. For forever, the federal government has permitted the states to define marriage, and now the federal government steps in and says, 'Yeah, the states get to do it for most families, but not those families because we don’t like them.'"[107]

Political savvy


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Character


  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren promised to make the rich pay their "fair share." In August 2014, she wrote, "I still feel passionately about what I said back then, and I feel even more passionately about it as I see what's happening in Washington. Big oil companies -- some of the most profitable companies on the planet -- are still guzzling down billions of dollars in subsidies, while Head Start and Meals on Wheels funding are cut in sequestration. Millionaires and billionaires still don't pay their fair share in taxes, but student loans continue to increase and the policy of the federal government is now to profit off our young people getting a higher education. In other words, the game is still rigged to make the rich and powerful even more rich and powerful. And that means we've got more work to do to help make sure the next kid can get ahead and the kid after that and the kid after that."[108]
  • In 2013, Warren attempted to fulfill her campaign promise to "to protect consumers from Wall Street gambles" by introducing "a modern version of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act. The bill would separate traditional banks that have savings and checking accounts and are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from riskier financial institutions that offer services such as investment banking, hedge funds and private equity activities," according to Mass Live.[109]


  • During her 2012 Senate campaign, Elizabeth Warren claimed to be Native American, but she was unable to provide documentation to support her claim.[110]


  • In January 2015, Elizabeth Warren fought against the Obama administration's nomination of Antonio Weiss for a Treasury Department position. She was able to build enough opposition to the nomination that Weiss withdrew his name from consideration. According to The New York Times, "Ms. Warren said that Mr. Weiss was not qualified for the domestic finance post because much of his investment banking career has been spent on international mergers and acquisitions."[111]
  • In December 2014, Warren led opposition to a bill that would have eased regulations on banks put in place through Dodd-Frank. Warren said, "A vote for this bill is a vote for future taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street. It is time for all of us to stand up and fight." Warren was unsuccessful in her efforts, but "almost three times as many Democrats voted against the measure as for it – 139 against to 57 in favor," according to MSNBC.[112]


See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Communications

Overall presence

Past speeches and interviews

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the AFL-CIO Raising Wages Summit," January 7, 2015.

"Elizabeth Warren's Speech at Netroots Nation 2014."

"Elizabeth Warren DNC Speech Complete: 'Corporations Are Not People' - Democratic National Convention," September 5, 2012.

Past debates

"Senator Scott Brown And Elizabeth Warren debate Climate Change."

Political and leadership attributes

See also: Elizabeth Warren possible presidential campaign, 2016/Political and leadership attributes

Leadership positions

  • In November 2014, Senate Democrats created the leadership position "strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee" for Elizabeth Warren. After being named to the position she said, "I believe in what the Democrats are fighting for. You know Wall Street is doing very well. CEO's are bringing in millions more and families all across this country are struggling. We have to make this government work for the American people and that's what we're here to fight for. I am grateful to the leader. I am grateful to the caucus to give me the chance to be part of that fight but that's what we're all going to be here doing every single day. That's what we're about."[114]

Elections and campaign finance

  • On June 2, 2012, Warren won the Democratic nomination at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention with 95.77 percent.[116]
  • Warren defeated Scott Brown (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[118]

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Mark Warner

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See also: Mark Warner

Warner made trips to Iowa and New Hampshire prior to the 2008 presidential election, but he decided against campaigning and withdrew, citing family concerns. He won re-election to his Senate seat in 2014.[1] There have been 16 senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[2]

He is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia. Warner was first elected to the Senate in 2008.[3]

Brian Schweitzer

See also: Brian Schweitzer


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See also: Brian Schweitzer

Brian Schweitzer is a potential candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2016.

Schweitzer served as Governor of Montana from January 3, 2005 to January 7, 2013.[4][5] During a January 2014 interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Mika Brzezinski asked Schweitzer if he would run for president. He replied, "I haven’t decided that. It would ruin my life. Take a look at what has happened to the president. …I have a pretty good life in the private sector right now."[6] Seventeen governors have served as president.[7]

On the trail

See also: Brian Schweitzer possible presidential campaign, 2016/Campaign preparation

Public statements on possible run

  • In June 2014, when Time Magazine's Michael Scherer asked Brian Schweitzer if "he would be a better president than Hillary Clinton," Schweitzer replied, "Well, I think so, of course. I think I have a background and a resume that isn’t just in government. But the time I was in government, I was a chief executive. And as I said to you before, you can go around Montana and ask people what they think of me and they will say, 'Well I didn’t always agree with him, but I always knew where he stood and he was good with money.' That’s what they will say to a person. And I think there is one thing we all can agree on: they are not good with money in Washington, D.C."[8]

On the issues

Economic and fiscal policies


See also: Brian Schweitzer possible presidential campaign, 2016/Taxes
  • In 2011, Brian Schweitzer signed Senate Bill No. 372, which reduced the tax on business equipment. According to the Cato Institute, "The bill reduced the rate from 3 to 2 percent on the first $2 million of equipment owned."[9][10]
  • According to the Cato Institute's 2012 report, The tax cut was "a good reform, but Schweitzer has blocked larger tax reforms proposed by the legislature, including full repeal of corporate income taxes and property taxes on business equipment."[10]

International trade

See also: Brian Schweitzer possible presidential campaign, 2016/International trade
  • In October 2006, during an interview with The New York Times, Brian Schweitzer said, "I was a critic of Nafta, I was a critic of Cafta and I’ll be a critic of Shafta. Why is it that America supposedly creates the best businessmen in the world, but when we go to the table with the third world, we come away losers?"[11]


See also: Brian Schweitzer possible presidential campaign, 2016/Budgets
  • Brian Schweitzer received a fiscal policy grade of "C" from the Cato Institute in 2012. According to the report, "Montana general fund spending grew rapidly during Schweitzer’s first few years in office, but spending has been fairly flat in recent years."[10]
  • Schweitzer received a fiscal policy grade of "B" from the Cato Institute in 2011. According to the report, "State spending exploded during Governor Schweitzer’s first few years in office. General fund spending rose 52 percent between FY05 and FY08. As a result, the governor scored poorly on the 2008 Cato report card. However, spending has been falling recently, and Schweitzer’s proposed budget for FY11 is 11 percent below spending at the peak in FY08."[12]

Agricultural subsidies

See also: Brian Schweitzer possible presidential campaign, 2016/Agricultural subsidies
  • Brian Schweitzer received a total of $271,271 in farm subsidies from 1995 to 2012, according to the Environmental Working Group.[13]
  • In 2009, Schweitzer signed House Bill No. 168, which raised the maximum allowable net worth of an applicant from $250,000 to $450,000, in order to be eligible for an agricultural loan.[14]

Federal assistance programs

See also: Brian Schweitzer possible presidential campaign, 2016/Federal assistance programs
  • According to an April 2013 Huffington Post article, "Schweitzer is an advocate of expanding Medicare to all Americans, and even sought a waiver from the Affordable Care Act to allow his own state to pursue single payer. Schweitzer explained his support for Canadian-style single payer health care like so: 'Imagine if you went to a gas station, and you looked over at a car with a Canadian license plate. They were paying $1 a gallon for gas, and you're paying $2. Wouldn't that make you mad? That's exactly what's happening. I'm mad for all the people in the country.'"[15]
  • In 2010, Schweitzer proposed a pilot program to privatize Medicaid. He asked "companies to bid on a contract to manage Medicaid, the state’s $900 million health care program for the poor, in a five-county area," according to The Flathead Beacon. [16]

Foreign affairs

National security

  • Schweitzer has criticized the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, saying the U.S. never should have invaded Iraq and should have left Afghanistan after six months.[17]
  • He has advocated for building a relationship with Iran to get them to stop developing nuclear weapons.[18]



  • Schweitzer appointed Judge Michael Wheat to the Montana Supreme Court. According to a Stanford University study, Wheat has a liberal leaning ideology. When Wheat ran for re-election, the race became somewhat partisan with his opponent painting him as a liberal judge.[19]
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Schweitzer was very critical of the Citizens United ruling.[20]
Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Schweitzer is an advocate for gun rights and has received support and an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.[21]
  • He vetoed a bill that would have allowed individuals to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.[22]
Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • In 2009, Schweitzer signed a bill that exempted Montana from federal gun laws. After signing the bill he said, "It's a gun bill, but it's another way of demonstrating the sovereignty of the state of Montana.”[23]
Executive power
  • Schweitzer sued the Montana legislature when they passed a bill that he felt limited his “veto power” and was unconstitutional. Ultimately, the lawsuit was dismissed.[24]

Crime and justice

  • He signed into law a “stand your ground” bill.[25]

Natural resources

Energy development
  • Schweitzer supports the Keystone Pipeline.[26]
  • Schweitzer advocated for leasing state land for coal mining.[27]
  • Schweitzer fought against government regulation of fracking.[28]
Climate change
  • In 2007, Schweitzer requested that Montana join the Western Climate Initiative. The initiative was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and included implementing a cap and trade system.[29]
  • In 2009, Schweitzer expressed some opposition to cap and trade.[30]
  • In 2011, Montana was one of six states that pulled out of the program.[31]
  • Montana then became part of North America 2050, which advocates for a cap and trade program or a carbon tax.[32]
Environmental Protection Agency
  • In 2006, Schweitzer advocated for additional rules at the state level to force companies that extract methane gas to clean up water pollution caused by the drilling. The Federal Energy Department opposed the rules.[33]


  • Schweitzer signed a bill that prohibited Montana from enforcing the individual mandate under Obamacare.[34]
  • Schweitzer has been critical of Obamacare. He supports a single-payer healthcare system modeled after Canada's healthcare program.[35]
  • Schweitzer requested a waiver from the federal government to sell drugs through Medicaid.[36]
  • The year before, he requested a waiver to allow Medicaid and CHIP recipients to purchase drugs from Canada.[37]


  • Schweitzer has stated that there should be a path to citizenship for anyone who wants to come to the U.S. He also opposes deporting undocumented immigrants.[38]


  • Schweitzer signed a bill that created voluntary full-time kindergarten.[39]
  • Schweitzer was a part of the development of the Common Core standards.[40]

Gay rights

  • Schweitzer has been guarded on his opinion on same-sex marriage. When asked directly by a reporter, he responded, “I believe that two people who love each other ought to be legally married ... given the opportunity to support people of the same gender getting married, I do.”[41]

Political savvy



  • During his 2004 campaign, Schweitzer said he supported reducing the tax on business equipment.[42]
  • After taking office, he initially opposed the reduction, but in favor of eliminating the tax for small businesses.[43]
  • Ultimately, he did sign the reduction.[44]
  • Schweitzer promised to use surplus funds to provide some property tax relief.[45]
  • In 2009, the governor vetoed a bill that created additional tax credits and deductions.[46]


  • Schweitzer has taken positions opposite of his normal liberal leanings on gun control and energy. He has pushed for more coal development. He has been supported by the NRA.[47]


  • In 2011, Schweitzer was fined $4100 for taping and distributing a public service announcement during his re-election campaign in 2008, a prohibited practice.[48]
  • Schweitzer has been accused of nepotism, hiring Democratic legislators for high-paying state jobs.[49]
  • After hiring a Republican legislator, the legislator switched parties which gave Democrats control in the state Senate.[50]
  • He was also criticized for hiring his college roommate to run the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.[51]


Overall presence

  • Politico described Schweitzer as “gregarious” and “folksy.”[52]

Past speeches and interviews

Past debates

  • 2004 Gubernatorial Debate

Political and leadership attributes

Leadership positions

  • Schweitzer served as chair of the Democratic Governors Association in 2008.[53]

Noteworthy events

  • Schweitzer lists as one of his accomplishments “the zenith of energy development in Montana.” During his tenure, Montana became a center for the wind-power industry, a coal mine was built and he increased leases for oil and gas.[54]
  • During Schweitzer's tenure, Montana managed to achieve budget surpluses every year. He left office with a $400 million surplus.[55]
  • Veto Branding Party
  • In 2011, Schweitzer stood on the Capital lawn and used a branding iron to veto dozens of bills sent to him by the Republican legislature.[56]

Coalition building

  • Schweitzer chose Republican State Senator John Bollinger as his running mate in the 2004 gubernatorial election.[57]
  • Schweitzer worked with the legislature to craft and pass a solution to the Montana education funding system that had been ruled unconstitutional.[58]

Elections and campaign finance

Schweitzer ran for U.S. Senate to represent Montana in 2000. Despite the weakness of incumbent Conrad Burns, Schweitzer lost the election, 51 percent to 47 percent.[59]

He ran for governor of Montana in 2004, winning the election over Montana Secretary of State Bob Brown 50 percent to 47 percent.[60]

He won re-election with over 65 percent of the vote in 2008.[61]

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  24. Watchdog.org, “Judge dismisses governor’s lawsuit against the state Legislature," December 29, 2010
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Martin O'Malley

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See also: Martin O'Malley

On January 8, 2015, O'Malley said, "I’m very seriously considering running in 2016. Right now, my primary responsibility is to move my family back to Baltimore, which I will do in another week. So I’m going to be taking some time over the next couple of months to get my family situated."[1] Seventeen presidents have also served as governors.[2]

Amy Klobuchar

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See also: Amy Klobuchar

When asked if she was considering a run for the presidency at a 2013 fundraiser, Klobuchar stated she was focused on representing Minnesota in the Senate.[3] She made visits to Iowa, South Carolina and Iowa in 2013.[4] There have been 16 senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[5]

On June 4, 2014, Klobuchar's name was listed on an invitation to a fundraiser for the Ready for Hillary PAC.[6]

Kirsten Gillibrand

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See also: Kirsten Gillibrand

When asked on November 17, 2013, if she was considering a run for the presidency, Gillibrand stated, "I am on the bandwagon for Hillary Clinton in 2016."[7] There have been 16 Senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[5]

Andrew Cuomo

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See also: Andrew Cuomo

When asked on November 22, 2013, whether he would consider a 2016 presidential bid, Cuomo stated, "Hillary Clinton is ‘apparently’ running for president of the United States, and I should also say Chris Christie is ‘apparently’ running for president of the United States. I – very apparently – am not." He would likely have to compete in the primary against Hillary Clinton, whose husband Cuomo served as a cabinet member to.[8] There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.[2]

Public opinion polls

  • A Siena Research Institute poll conducted in November 2013, showed Cuomo losing to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a hypothetical 2016 head-to-head match-up.[8]

Republican candidate news

Marco Rubio

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See also: Marco Rubio

Previously, in May 2014, when ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked Rubio if he thought he was ready to be president, Rubio said, “I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years. Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there and I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria."[9] Sixteen senators have been elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama.[10]

Rand Paul

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See also: Rand Paul

As speculation swirled as to whether or not Paul would announce in early April, his campaign released a video on April 6, 2015, indicating an announcement would be made on April 7, 2015, at a rally in Louisville, Ky. Two hours before the rally, his website was updated with the following quote from Paul, "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government."[11]

Video released by Paul's campaign on April 6.

Previously, on December 8, 2013, Paul said that his family would determine whether or not he would run for president, claiming, "The thought has crossed my mind ... I'm not ready to make a decision yet."[12] Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R), Rand Paul's father, ran for the presidency three times, including once as a Libertarian in 1988.[13] There have been 16 U.S. senators elected to the presidency, including President Barack Obama (D).[5]

Chris Christie

See also: Chris Christie

When asked on August 14, 2014, whether he would enter the presidential race in 2016, Christie stated, "I’m thinking about it. It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family. Probably by the end of this year or the beginning of next I’ll decide."[14] In 2012, Christie made visits to key states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.[15] He also appeared at a national fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013.[16] There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.[2]

Ted Cruz

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See also: Ted Cruz


Scott Walker

See also: Scott Walker

When asked on December 1, 2013, if he was considering a run for the presidency, Walker said, "I'm running for governor ... we'll see what happens after that. I've got to look at my state ... for now I'm focused on being governor."[17]

Walker did not finish his college education, instead opting to leave school for a job with the American Red Cross during his senior year at Marquette University. He reasoned, "I went to college, in large part, was not just to get an education for an education’s sake, but to get a job."[18] There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.[2]


  • Walker visited Iowa and South Carolina in 2013. He also headlined a GOP fundraiser in New York City with other top potential 2016 candidates.[19][20]
  • He released a book in 2013, titled, "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge," but denied it was a preface to a 2016 run, stating, "Unlike a lot of times when elected officials write books, there isn’t some alternative purpose."
  • Walker made a case on the advantages of a governor running for president rather than a of the U.S. senator or representative. He said governor "can't hide behind their vote. They can't just talk about things. We're ultimately held accountable every single day. We have to present budgets. Many of us — like myself — not only have vetoes but line-item vetoes. We put together cabinets. Those are all important things when it comes to leadership."[21]


  • Walker was the first target of a political attack by Correct the Record, an off-shoot of American Bridge, on November 25, 2013. Their release focused on Walker's pledge to bring 250,000 to Wisconsin, stating, "To do this, Wisconsin would have to average around 11,000 new jobs a month, every month, if the Republican Governor is to keep his word."[22]

Jeb Bush

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Bush announced via a Facebook post on December 16, 2014, that he was "actively" exploring a possible run. The note also said he would establish a Leadership PAC in early 2015.[23] The former Florida governor and younger brother of President George W. Bush, would be the first brother of a president to run for the office since Robert Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning in 1968. He is also the son of President George H.W. Bush.

Public statements on possible run

  • April 23, 2014: When asked during a school benefit in New York, what his immediate plans were for 2016, Bush stated, "I'm thinking about running for president." He told the audience he would make a decision by the end of 2014.[24]
  • May 30, 2013: When asked about a potential presidential run, Bush stated, "My thinking is not to think about it for a year." Bush made trips to Iowa and South Carolina in 2012.[15]

Comments on possible campaign

  • On April 19, 2013, President George W. Bush stated that he hoped Jeb would consider running and that Jeb would not "be afraid of entering the arena" because of the family name.[25]
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner expressed his support of Bush in a September 28, 2014 interview, stating, "I'm not endorsing anybody. But Jeb Bush is my friend and, frankly, I think he'd make a great president."[26]

Public opinion polls

See also: Early presidential polling, 2016
  • In a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on April 29, 2014, Hillary Clinton led Bush in a general election poll with 53% support to Bush's 41%.[27]

Paul Ryan

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See also: Paul Ryan

When asked in August 2014 whether he was considering a presidential run, Ryan stated, "As far as myself and my family, this is a decision we're going to take very seriously and weigh in 2015, so I just don't know the answer to your question at this time." Ryan campaigned for vice president on the ticket with Mitt Romney in 2012, and visited Iowa and New Hampshire during the campaign.[15] He was also one of six Republicans headlining a major fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013.[28] Ryan released a book in 2014 on the state of conservatism, titled The Way Forward.[29] Only one president, James Garfield, was elected to office as a sitting House member.[30]

Public opinion polls
  • A March 2014 poll conducted by CNN had Ryan one point behind Sen. Rand Paul on a list of presidential hopefuls. At 15 percent support, Ryan came in ahead of Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, the only other potential candidates to poll in the double figures.[31]

Bobby Jindal

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See also: Bobby Jindal

During a lunch with conservative bloggers on September 16, 2014, Jindal stated, "I’m not going to be coy, I’m thinking about running for president and praying about it."[32] He made several visits to Iowa and New Hampshire in 2013.[15] There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.[2]


Jindal visited Iowa in August 2014 for the Iowa State Fair.[33]

Rick Perry

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See also: Rick Perry

On September 11, 2014, Perry responded to a question about his candidacy in 2016, stating, "I may not run in 2016, but I’ve spent the last 20-plus months preparing. If I don’t run, it won’t be because I’m not prepared."[34] Prior to the 2016 election, there were 17 presidents who previously served as governors.[2]

Nikki Haley

See also: Nikki Haley

While speaking at a Republican Governor’s Association press conference in November 2013, Haley said, "I’m a huge fan of governors, you know, because it’s not about talk. It’s about what they do. And so, while I think we’re going to have a fabulous slate of candidates for [the] presidency and I think we need to look at each and every one,what I always think are important are results. And it’s really hard for someone out of DC to prove results when they can’t even stay open. I mean, governors make great CEOs. They just do. It’s easier for us to look at how they handled their state and how they would handle a country than it is one member of DC, saying, well maybe they could do it. So for me, yeah, I always prefer governors over others.”[35] There have been 17 presidents who previously served as governors.[2]

Comments on a possible run

  • On September 24, 2014, Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, stated, "I wish I could see some women out there. I love Nikki Haley … I’d love to see more women participate."[36]

Rick Santorum

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See also: Rick Santorum


Other possible candidates




IndependentLoretta Lax Miller
IndependentJesse Ventura

See also

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