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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 08:58 AM

Top 10 DEM Presidential Candidates for 2016

from the Nation:

1. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

The popular secretary of State has said repeatedly that she has no plans to run for president again, and has hinted that she’d like to turn to advocacy work after she leaves her post next year. But Democrats—and even some Republicans—keep calling on Clinton to run, and after four successful years as the face of American diplomacy her fan base is deeper than ever. If Clinton were to throw her hat in the ring, she’d be considered the front-runner, just as she was when she launched her 2008 bid.

2. Vice President Joe Biden

Biden ran for president in 1988, plagiarized a speech, and had to withdraw. He ran again in 2008, landed a few noteworthy gaffes, and dropped out early in the primary process after struggling to make a mark. But he is a more instinctively populist politician than many of 2016’s potential contenders, and many Democrats love him despite his flaws.

3. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley

Speech at the Democratic convention: check. Outspoken defender of Obama: check. A Political Action Committee that will back nationwide candidates: check. The ambitious chairman of the Democratic Governors Association has left little doubt that he’s mulling a 2016 bid. O’Malley has a strong record in improving education, and he’s been a stalwart supporter of liberal causes such as same-sex marriage and immigration reform, including a Maryland version of the Dream Act.

4. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The governor of New York isn’t kissing anyone’s shoes. Cuomo’s appearance at the Democratic convention was so fast and so low-profile that few even knew he was in town. In Albany, he hasn’t been afraid to anger the liberal base, particularly by clashing with unions, but he’s won widespread praise for his ability to wrangle legislators. Cuomo’s ability to cut a deal paid off with a big win for Democrats: legalization of gay marriage in New York.

5. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia

Virginia’s junior senator isn’t a household name, but he’s been a key player in Washington’s deficit-reduction talks. As a member of the “Gang of Six” and the “Gang of Eight,” Warner has participated in secret negotiations aiemd at budgetary compromise. So far, the behind-the-scenes talks haven’t borne fruit, but if the gang’s discussions manage to push Congress toward a deal, it would be a gold star on Warner’s resume. He also has a strong business background and can point to his ability to win a Senate seat in a battleground state.

6. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer

The governor of Montana made a big splash at the 2008 Democratic convention, and he was back for a second time in 2012. Schweitzer is a big player in the Democratic Governors Association, a popular populist and the liberal governor of a conservative state. He is known for his showmanship—and his a sometimes outlandish sense of humor. Schweitzer has signaled that he’d be open to a presidential bid: At the recent party convention, he met with New Hampshire and Iowa delegates.

7. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

Patrick’s plum speaking role at the 2012 Democratic convention raised his profile and sparked speculation that he could be a contender in 2016. As an African-American with a rags-to-riches story, he inevitably draws comparisons to Obama, and he’s been a prominent surrogate for the president. Patrick has built a solidly liberal record as governor, focusing on issues such as health care, the environment, and education. When his term ends in 2014, Patrick has said he plans to return to the private sector.

8. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York

Gillibrand is somewhat overshadowed by other New York state politicians—notably Gov. Cuomo and her forerunner in the Senate, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Yet Gillibrand has star power, and she has proved to be a prolific fundraiser for both herself and other Democrats seeking office. Absent Clinton, there could be an opening for a female senator to jump into the fray. For now, however, Gillibrand seems focused on encouraging Clinton to consider another shot at the presidency.

9. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Vaulting from mayor to the presidency is a long shot for any politician—even the mayor of the second largest city in the United States. Villaraigosa is one of the highest-profile Latino leaders in the Democratic Party, and he got more attention as chair of the Democratic convention this year. He has said that his eyes are on the governorship of California, not the presidency, after his mayoral term ends in 2013, but Villaraigosa has never been shy of the media spotlight, and you can expect to hear from him in 2016—even if he’s just endorsing someone else.

10. Newark Mayor Cory Booker

The crusading mayor of a run-down city has won accolades for his efforts to reform the public school system. Booker is known for heroics: He recently ran into a burning building to rescue an elderly neighbor. The African-American former Rhodes Scholar got himself into hot water with Democrats earlier this year, when he publicly criticized the Obama campaign’s attacks on GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s private-equity career. Booker quickly walked back the critique in a YouTube video for the Obama campaign. The mayor's political future looks bright, but he’s more of a 2020 contender than 2016: Challenging Gov. Chris Christie for New Jersey governor in 2013 could be a better next step.

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Mojo2 Nov 2012 OP
Adenoid_Hynkel Nov 2012 #1
TuxedoKat Nov 2012 #3
Graybeard Nov 2012 #5
SWTORFanatic Nov 2012 #2
newfie11 Nov 2012 #4
WI_DEM Nov 2012 #9
jimmy the one Nov 2012 #6
lapfog_1 Nov 2012 #7
LonePirate Nov 2012 #8
satxdem Nov 2012 #14
WI_DEM Nov 2012 #10
satxdem Nov 2012 #13
outsideworld Nov 2012 #11
MSMITH33156 Nov 2012 #12
PRETZEL Nov 2012 #15
Mojo2 Nov 2012 #16

Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:01 AM

1. Why isn't Sherrod Brown on this list?

He just proved he can win a critical swing state, and is certainly more inspiring than folks like Cuomo Jr.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:06 AM

3. Indeed

I had the same thought after seeing him on tv so much this year and he won in Ohio too. I think he'd be a great candidate.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:16 AM

5. He's a breath of fresh air

In the field of stale pols and "been-there-done-thats".

I like his scruffy Detective Columbo appearance and attitude. So easy to under-rate him but watch out!

He's as sharp as a tack.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:03 AM

2. Brown/Warren 2016

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Response to SWTORFanatic (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:09 AM

4. YESSSSSS!n/t

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Response to SWTORFanatic (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:22 AM

9. No, Warren should stay in MA as a Senator. We shouldn't keep

having people who are just elected to office run for president right away.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:17 AM

6. Joe's plagiarism a trifling affair

Biden ran for president in 1988, plagiarized a speech, and had to withdraw

While that's true, it was a trifling affair, turned mountain out of molehill; Joe essentially paraphrased one of British member of parliament (MP) Neil Kinnock's speeches or writings, and used it in one of his speeches iirc. Neil Kinnock later said he held no grudge, was even flattered that Joe quoted him!

.. I supported Joe Biden for president in the dem primaries, but after realizing he wasn't gonna get more than 2% of the primary vote, had to abandon his quest (campaigns can turn you into cash cows for politicians as we all know, if you let them), and then switched allegiance to hillary thinking obama would be a good vice president for her to get the inexperience monkey off his back. But supported obama, campaigned for him too, in 2008, am happy now (wheee, don't have to move to france or canada!).

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:20 AM

7. Julian Castro

He has got to be on the list, at least as a VP.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:21 AM

8. Hillary 2016 would make the 2008 race seem like a squeaker.

I think she would win over 400 EVs and sweep in a nice majority in both houses of Congress. Hundreds of state legislative seats would turn blue as well.

She may not want to run; but if she does, I think our first female president will win in a blowout.

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Response to LonePirate (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:45 AM

14. 2008

I doubt it, there is still sexism just like there is racism. Don't expect a blowout. Also depends on what kind of campaign she runs, if it is like the last one...

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:23 AM

10. If Clinton decides to run most everybody else won't. If she wants it

the 2016 nomination is hers. Then we will speculate about who her VP should be.

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:41 AM

13. 2008

That's what people said in 08, I think the Clintons learned that you still need to earn it. I suppose her supporters have yet to figure that out.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:37 AM

11. Julian castro for president , i Have already started a facebook page dedicated to him

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:37 AM

12. Would love a

Clinton/Schweitzer ticket. Nice combo of insider/outsider, and groom Schweitzer for the big job.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:45 AM

15. That's a good list, but would be somewhat troubling

for the President in terms of who he would endorse.

The President owes a great deal to both VP Biden and to both President Clinton and SOS Clinton. He more than like would be forced to sit out the Primaries which unfortunately would not sit well with either Biden or Clinton.

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Response to Mojo2 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:48 AM

16. I would like to see

H. Clinton and have her pick someone from the SW portion of the USA. I think Arizona is ripe for DEM takeover if we have the right pair of candidates.

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