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The Vice-Prez and Hillary Clinton are clearly the two biggest names in the 2016 Presidential race. But they are certainly not the only names.

Obviously they both want, or at least wanted, to be president. But let's say for discussion sake that Clinton's denials are true, and Biden's age (74 at the election) keep them from running. Who are the other contenders?

Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York-

His dad almost ran in 1992, history quite possibly would have been very different if he had. He has rankled some in the base, but as the popular governor with high name-rec in a large deep-blue state, he is in a good spot to launch a bid. A breezy reelection bid will be an excuse to start fundraising and running a campaign.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York-

Another popular New York pol. Her profile and especially her fundraising prowess would make her a credible candidate.

Sen-elect Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts-

Warren, as we all know, is well-liked by progressives and is a great fundraiser. That gives her a good place to start, though she is pretty early in her electoral career.

Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts-

Patrick has denied interest but his name still comes up. He is on good terms with the President. Patrick could get a good chunk of the African-American vote if he is the lone black candidate.

Mayor Cory Booker, Newark, New Jersey-

Mayor Booker has long been looked at as a rising star. He may run for Governor or Senator in the meantime, though neither of those present an easy target.

Jumping from Mayor of Newark to President would be a pretty big leap. He has plenty of time though, at 43 years of age. Booker certainly has his fans, and as far as I know is the only other legitimate African-American potential candidate besides Patrick.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Maryland-

O'Malley is the democratic governor of an affluent, liberal northeastern state. His perch as the head of the DGA both gives him a higher profile, and the opportunity to earn some favors from pols in place like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia-

Warner has a few things going for him. He has executive experience and national experience as the former governor and a current senator of Virginia. He has always been very popular, and has the ability to self-fund.

His moderate, swing-state profile could help or hurt him. He would be a strong general election candidate and would probably be different from the field. On the other hand, he probably wouldn't have much progressive energy behind his candidacy.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota-

Klobuchar has gotten some mentioned as potentially the first major female presidential nominee. I am not sure that she has much of a national profile, but if she is the only woman who declares that may be enough to give her a niche.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana-

Schweitzer has raised his profile with some DNC speeches. He also has managed to remain popular as a D governor in an R state. He probably wouldn't start with a ton of support but I'd imagine he would do well in debates.

Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano-

Napolitano hasn't gotten a lot of press as a potential candidate, but I have a hard time imagining an open democratic field without a female candidate. Her role as SOHS should help her overcome some of the bias towards female candidates on toughness. She was previously Governor of Arizona.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles, California-

I am a bit surprised that Villaraigosa is mentioned as a serious candidate. Having dealt with marital infidelity, ethics violations, and other troubles, he is not particularly popular and would have some easy targets.

Still, as likely the only west coast candidate and the only Latino, he might have a niche. Still that doesn't automatically make you a serious candidate (just ask Presidential nominee Bill Richardson).

Who would you vote for of these candidates? Who else might run? What do you think the field will look like in three years?


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Comment Preferences

  •  No to Warren and Booker (4+ / 0-)

    I don't want Warren to even think of running in 2016.   She should stay in the Senate so she eventually becomes Chairwoman of the Senate Banking committee.   I love Warren but she needs to stay in the Senate.

    Booker is way too pro-Wall Street for my comfort, and it is quite a jump from Mayor of Newark to Presidental candidate.

    Overall, I like Gillibrand and Schweitzer best.   Biden would also get my support, and Clinton would have to earn my vote.

    Washington and Colorado said that you've got to legalize it. Hope the DOJ respects that.

    by pistolSO on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:31:04 PM PST

  •  No one makes my heart race like Pres Obama (2+ / 0-)
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    democrattotheend, blueyedace2

    But that could change - I started out in Wes Clarks camp.

    But I want Hillary - I will support her - I know who I dont want and Cuomo tops that list (fake guy), then the LA Mayor (dirty crook)

    I can live with any of the rest.
    One needs a mix of a lot of luck, bold instincts to be a successful Prez.

  •  You forgot my prediction - Julian Castro (1+ / 0-)
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    Write it down, wait and see.

    "Marco Rubio es un paƱuelo Rosa!" - Montgomery Burns

    by Fordmandalay on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:41:25 PM PST

    •  Mayor isn't sufficient as POTUS stepping stone (1+ / 0-)
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      Judge Moonbox

      Both Castro and Booker could develop into formidable candidates, but mayor of a city has never yet been a sufficient launch-pad for a truly strong run at the presidency.  Even Bloomberg of NYC could have likely only mounted a "third way" spoiler candidacy in 2012 rather than having any realistic shot.

      The only candidate who's ever come plausibly close in modern times without having first held some sort of major federal office or state governorship is Ross Perot, and he was a third-party candidate, not the successful survifor of a major-party primary and caucus process.

  •  If Hillary wants it... it is hers (1+ / 0-)
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    Remains to be seen what she will do, "all doors are open", but I think she'll run and I think she'll be our next President.

    If she does not run then you can be assured that several other women will. The Democratic bench has several quality women candidates building impressive resumes right now.

    My personal favorite is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

    Cuomo won't even be the top candidate out of New York. Kirsten will beat him if it's between the two of them and I'll help her do it.

    O'Malley and Schweizter are two good looking candidates... probably leading candidates to be VP's under Clinton and possible whatever woman takes Clinton's place if she doesn't run.

    The bench is deep and wide on our side but Cuomo and Warner are second tier at best. They are both out of the 90's model and we have moved passed that.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:51:45 PM PST

  •  Crystal Ball is Too Cloudy This Far Out... (3+ / 0-) make any sort of accurate prediction, other than that Hillary Clinton would have a formidable initial advantage toward winnign the 2016 Democratic nomination.  But she had a similarly strong inside track already back in 2004.  The democratic side is much less easily predictable than the GOP side three to four years out, and the latter isn't all that easy either.  Lots can happen to derail either Rubio or Ryan (especially the latter) along the way.

  •  Its very early to talk about 2016 (0+ / 0-)

    We are still 23 month away from the 2014 midterms.

    Take a breath.

  •  Schweitzer (0+ / 0-)

    Schweitzer would make a fascinating general election candidate. He's the anti pol, very authentic.
    None of the women are polished enough to be democratic nominee. Maybe if Kirsten ran for Gov first

    If Patrick did not run, he would definitely be the VP pick
    Contrary to what the media claims, a candidate who can inspire high African-American turn out is twice as valuable thus far as a candidate who inspires Latino turn out

  •  It's hard to focus on politics in the (0+ / 0-)

    wake of the massacre in Connecticut.  

    I'd admit at this point that I have absolutely no idea what might happen in the political jostling of either major party.  

    In recent cycles, what seemed likely at the start turned unlikely, sometimes in a hurry.  

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