Declared Presidential Candidates   Potential Presidential Candidates




The Mechanics of Presidential Candidates


Stage 1: The Pregame Warm Up
The process begins unofficially exactly one day after the 2012 presidential election when observers, analysts and pundits cast a wide and generous net over the whole country to kick start the elimination process. Potential 2016 candidates are determined through a multitude of factors, including, but not limited to, party affiliation, elected position (current and past), policy stances, level of success, age, temperament, personal attributes and family. The names are floated to encourage, solicit and provoke reactions from the candidates themselves, general media and other interested parties. On our part, the list of potential 2016 candidates below represents the “catch” from our metaphorical net. Our criteria for inclusion are not constrained by major party affiliation, popularity or financial strength. We aim to provide a platform for every properly invested American to present their case, and candidacy.

Stage 2: Informal Feelers, leaks and exploratory committees
The potential 2016 presidential candidates then start testing out the waters to gauge the sentiments on the ground, and of the press and most crucially, the donor base. For established candidates with funds to spare, a more formal setup is formed, or, as they are more commonly known, exploratory committees.

Stage 3: Announcement of Candidacy
Once a candidate decides on running for president in 2016, a formal announcement is made. The announcement will be a highly polished media affair, and typically held at a historically significant or personally memorable location. The candidate is also required to register his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. For 2016 independent and third party candidates, the journey usually begins here. At this stage, we will be eliminating the potential candidates from the list and naturally, focus exclusively on the declared candidates.

Stage 4: 2016 Primaries and Caucuses
The selection of 2016 nominees for president by political parties is not bound by the Constitution or any federal regulations. However, the process involved has evolved naturally over the last century, more so since the advent of national conventions of political parties. The delegates of these conventions will ultimately decide the party’s nominee for president. The selections of the delegates, meanwhile, are done through state organized primaries and caucuses.





 Declared and Exploratory Presidential Candidates   
   
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Army child and business owner
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Skip Andrews
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
“Skip” Andrews is a diverse candidate who probably has at least one opinion to please anyone. Few politicians are able to satisfy both a pro-legalization marijuana advocate and a staunch pro-lifer. Of course, this also means most would object to a majority of his platform.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Creative Dreamer
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Michael Bickelmeyer
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
An eccentric fellow who enjoys coming up with some very creative inventions, Bickelmeyer is running for the GOP nomination in 2016. He has a very dim view of terrorists and drug traffickers – in fact, he wants to deploy weapons to fry them from orbit.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Executive Director – Bonpasse Exoneration Services
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Morrison Bonpasse
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
A trained legal expert with deep concerns about the American prison system, Bonpasse runs a nonprofit organization that seeks to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. He's also globally-minded, putting humanity first in a way not often seen in prospective American presidents.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Kerry Bowers
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A former military man with a long career in the United States Air Force, Kerry Bowers has experience not only in the armed forces but as a police dispatcher, businessman, and in many other fields.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida
Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Florida's only Republican two-term Governor, Jeb Bush is a heavyweight political contender who comes from a family of presidents. His left-leaning ideologies make him too liberal for the taste of some in his party, however, and his lineage could be hindrance rather than help.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
BBC's World Historic Figure for Anti-GMO Activism
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Andy Caffrey
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
A strong environmentalist and advocate against genetically modified organisms, Andy Caffrey is the first Democratic candidate to run on a platform of truly green politics. He is an accomplished and passionate man with campaign experience, and has turned his focus to the White House.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Physician, Author and Citizen Politician
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Ben Carson is a highly accomplished physician who is seen as a breath of fresh air in the world of politics. He has left his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and is in pursuit of the U.S. presidency in 2016.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Small-business owner, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Willie Carter
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
This retired USAF member and father of nine definitely brings something different to the table. Carter is in his eighth consecutive run for the Presidency, which he entered because he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America”.

Exploratory 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator and Governor from Rhode Island
Exploratory Democratic 2016 Candidate Lincoln Chafee
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Lincoln Chafee has served various roles in politics as Republican, Independent, and Democrat. His policies defy strict labeling, which has made it hard for him to build a camp and may hamper a 2016 presidential campaign should he decide to run.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, human rights activist
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Paul Chehade
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
The Delaware-born Chehade is an idealist. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Chehade is also the chairman of the non-profit organization Solidary Foundation, which is dedicated towards providing food, education and other critical support services to needy communities the world over.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
International entrepreneur and business professor
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Dale Christensen
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
With experience in business management around the world, Dale Christensen is a self-described “first and foremost” family man who advocates a variety of conservative principles.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey
Exploratory Republican 2016 Candidate Chris Christie
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Assurances given to a number of his biggest campaign contributors held Gov. Christie back from running in 2012, despite pleas from party luminaries such as former president George H.W. Bush. However, Gov. Christie has been slowly but surely positioning himself for a 2016 run.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Others' names have been spoken, but the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016 is Hillary Rodham Clinton. And as she seems always to be grooming herself for the public spotlight, it appears that she knows her role, for her party and in history.

Declared 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Ordained Minister
Declared 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Scott Copeland
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
An ordained minister and member of the religious Constitution party, Scott Copeland puts God first and believes that Judeo-Christian values are the foundation of the US. He's totally unambiguous, and it's easy to see both the sort of people who will support him, and those by whom he will be opposed.

Declared 2016 Reform Party Presidential Candidate
Management consultant and semi-retired professional engineer
Declared 2016 Reform Party Presidential Candidate Ken Cross
  Declared 2016 Reform Party Candidate
A member of the Reform party and fiscal conservative, Kenneth Cross confidently asserts that he has been studying politics throughout his entire life. He is a trained engineer, who presently works as a management consultant, and has owned three different small businesses.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Texas
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
The Harvard and Princeton-educated attorney once served as the Domestic Policy Advisor to former president George W. Bush. Noted for his formidable oratory skill, Senator Cruz is viewed by some as one of the intellectual leaders of the tea party movement.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Dummett, Jr.
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Hailing from the state of California, John Dummet, Jr is a Constitutional Republican who has become disenfranchised with both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Strong Believer in the Middle Road
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate Mark Dutter
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Mark J. Dutter is an Independent from Spearfish, South Dakota with a strongly centrist platform, he is disappointed in both the Republican and Democratic parties, believing that candidates from each caucus put party before country, are beholden to big business interests, or both.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and former IRS Commissioner
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Mark Everson
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A strong conservative with an extremely dim view of large banks, Mark Everson calls the integrity of mainstream politicians into question and accuses them of catering to monied special interests. He strongly believes a President should serve only a single term.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Licensed Physician
Declared Libertarian 2016 Candidate Marc Feldman
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
A minor candidate without a large financial backing, Marc Allan Feldman questions the prevailing wisdom that deep pockets are a prerequisite to victory in politics, contending that “votes are not for sale”. He is a Libertarian and opposes the fiscal policies of both major parties.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businesswoman and Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Carly Fiorina
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
The only well-known woman running for the Republican nomination in 2016, Carly Fiorina is a unique political figure. Her business experience and conservative principles make her attractive to the right, but past difficulties and failures could haunt her moving forward.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
Exploratory Republican Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
The former Colonel with the USAF JAG unit has been one of the most recognized Republican faces in the post-2012 election era. However, his reputation as a compromise broker in Congress has taken a hit over his recent conversion into a foreign policy hawk.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Lead Minister of Saint Valentine's Christian Church
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate Martin Hahn
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
If you ask Martin Hahn, Republicans and Democrats are too concerned with battling each other to busy themselves with getting the people's work done. His running mate, a man sure to get attention by his name alone, is known as Jack Sparrow.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Independent and Small Businessman
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate David Hendrix
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
A self-described “common” and “normal” person, Hendrix is a former Republican but now a registered Independent with no party affiliation. He is fiscally conservative and socially libertarian, believing in energy exploration, gun rights, gay rights and a free market.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former combat pilot and current airline captain
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Hill
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Chris Hill is a combat veteran who served as a pilot during Desert Storm. Although he is running on the Republican ticket, some of his leanings are at odds with those of the GOP, including his “Living Wage” plan and his support for labor unions and recognition of gay marriages.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Conservative Christian and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate David Holcomb
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Residing in Springfield Nebraska, David is a lawyer who specializes in family law. Holcomb describes himself as conservative, Christian, pro-life, and pro-Second Amendment. His presidential run as an independent didn't gain much traction in 2012.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Arkansas, Man of Faith and TV Personality
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Mike Huckabee is an Evangelical Christian who never shies away from his faith. In January, 2015, he bid farewell as host of his popular talk show on the Fox News Channel to pursue his 2016 presidential bid.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Louisiana
Exploratory Republican Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Gov. Jindal created history in 2008 when he became the first Indian American to be elected a state Governor. At the grand old age of 24, the Rhodes Scholar was appointed by Gov. Murphy Foster to manage the Health and Human Services Dept., the largest department in the state.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Executive Consultant
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Lynn Sandra Kahn
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Lynn Sandra Kahn boasts over 30 years of experience in the fields of government reform and conflict resolution. She touts a comprehensive 7-track strategy for achieving the goals of her platform: Fix government, build peace.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author and CEO
Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Steve Kerbel
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
No fan of either the Republican or Democrat parties, Steve Kerbel holds to a defiantly Libertarian platform. He believes in personal freedom and accountability, with the absolute minimum of government necessary to keep the nation running. Kerbel is a pro-business candidate.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Conservative and Tea Party supporter
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Michael Kinlaw
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Michael Kinlaw is a conservative Republican who has strong opinions on a number of issues. His views put him right in line with a number of other conservatives likely to run in 2016. Kinlaw has no political background and has launched his campaign in his hometown of Houston.

Declared 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Farmer and retired jet pilot
Declared Constitution Party 2016 Candidate Chad Koppie
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
A salt-of-the-earth farmer from birth right up to the present day, Chad Koppie is a tried and true conservative. From gun rights to abortion opposition to the importance of faith, there are few surprises in his ideology, making him a good fit for heartland voters.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Ordained Bishop and God-First Man of Faith
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Bishop Julian Lewis, Jr.
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Having spent most of his life in the service of God, Julian Lewis, Jr places his faith before all else. He believes that the will of God can and does inform a leader's policy decisions, and he has even spoken unfavorably about the separation of Church and State.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Successful entrepreneur and media personality
Exploratory Republican Presidential Candidate Dennis Michael Lynch
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Affectionately known as “DML”, Lynch boasts a quarter-century of experience in building and managing successful businesses. He has also worked as a film producer, made public speeches and provided political commentary. He has appeared copiously on television and radio.

Exploratory 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Exploratory Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
There’s probably only a handful of serving governors that could rival Gov. O’Malley’s success in Maryland. Aside from overseeing a 40% reduction in crime rate, his successful legislative agenda, most notably recognition for same-sex marriages, bears testament to the fact.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New York
Exploratory Republican Presidential Candidate George Pataki
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A three-term Governor of New York State with an impressive political career besides, George Pataki is a red Republican who has found success in blue country. His fiscal policies are pleasing enough to the GOP base, but his stance on social issues may leave something to be desired.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Kentucky
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Rand Paul
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Sen. Paul finally emerged from the huge shadow of his larger than life father, maverick Republican Ron Paul, when he was selected to deliver the tea party response to President Obama’s SOTU address in 2013, and in the process, cementing his de facto leadership of the movement.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Educator and Man Of Faith
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate Mark Pendleton
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Mark Pendelton is a man of the people and a person of great faith. He has stumbled and made common mistakes, and that gives him the ability to connect with ordinary Americans. His mantra is “give me one term and I will put the government back in the hands of the people.”

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Texas and 2012 presidential candidate
Exploratory Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
After his ultimately underwhelming performance in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest serving Texas governor in history, will surely be looking forward to 2016 and launch probably his final attempt at securing the Republican presidential nomination.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author, Publisher, and Radio/TV host; Libertarian Activist
Declared Libertarian 2016 Candidate Darryl Perry
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
The 36-year old author, publisher, and radio/TV host already has more than 15 years of political activity behind him. Perry is a textbook libertarian, advocating drastic reduction of the powers of the Federal Government, while granting more power to the individual.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and veteran
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Michael Petyo
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A “business first” fiscal conservative with a very optimistic view of the role played by corporations in generating wealth, Michael Petyo is himself a business owner who feels the United States has lost its way economically and that relaxed regulation on the private sector is the solution.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Florida
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Marco Rubio is definitely on the short list of names for Republican frontrunner. Being himself of Cuban heritage, he enjoys strong support among the important Latino demographic, in addition to holding solid conservative principles that make him eminently likeable to the Republican constituency.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, innovator, limited government advocate
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Brian Russell
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Brian Russell is a successful entrepreneur who believes that implementing sound economic policy should be the government’s top priority. He also supports a strong military and foreign policy that presents the USA as the true leader in the free world.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont and Former Mayor of Burlington, Vermont
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Generally regarded as a Democrat, Sanders is in fact the longest-serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. Having held office as both Vermont's at-large congressional representative and Mayor of the city of Burlington, he is currently the sitting junior Senator of Vermont.

Probable 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania
Probable Republican 2016 Candidate Rick Santorum
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
The former two-term Senator from Pennsylvania is widely expected to make another bid to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016 at a “special announcement' on May 27, 2015. With a small but loyal base behind him, Senator Santorum will work to expand his demographic appeal over the next months.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
CIA and U.S. Envoy with G4 Classification
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Doug Shreffler
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Doug Shreffler is not a career politician but a man of optimism with a goal of cross-party unification. His distinctive perspective was born from his lifelong service to our country in foreign affairs with the CIA and as a US envoy with G4 Classification.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Wall Street finance expert and serial entrepreneur
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate Scott Smith
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
With extensive experience working with money on Wall Street, as well as a prolific businessman, Scott Smith wishes to enact economic policies that veer right even of most dyed-in-the-wool conservatives. His goals are dubious, but his confidence is unshakable.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Computer Science and Political Studies expert
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate Tami Stainfield
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
After living in nine different states, visiting twenty-nine countries all over the world, and living and studying in Africa for more than five years, the independent candidate Tami Stainfield is definitely an Anti-Globalist who has traveled the globe.

Exploratory 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Physician, Reformer, Environmental Activist
Exploratory Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein
  Declared 2016 Green Party Candidate
Jill Stein is no stranger to national politics. As the Green Party nominee in 2012, she understands the rigors of a national campaign. Stein is a fierce advocate for the environment and believes that investments in green issues can propel the American people and economy forward.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney, Community Leader, Advocate for the Elderly and Disabled
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Steinberg
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Michael Steinberg has built a career advocating for those left behind. He has entered the race for President to bring attention to the issues that are not being addressed and to advocate for those forgotten in Washington, especially the elderly, the disabled and our Veterans.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Citizen, entrepreneur, advocate for equal treatment for all
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate Samm Tittle
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Samm Tittle is an advocate for everything that made America great. As an experienced entrepreneur, Tittle understands that when given a job and an equal playing field, an individual can achieve great things. As a citizen politician, she believes in truth in government and equal rights for all.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman and perennial exploratory presidential candidate
Exploratory Republican 2016 Candidate Donald Trump
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A wealthy business tycoon and well-known American personality, Donald Trump brings a dour attitude that never fails to entertain. He has channeled his notoriety into a number of outlets, including a successful reality show and a public feud with rival celebrity Rosie O'Donnell.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wisconsin
Exploratory Republican 2016 Candidate Scott Walker
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Gov. Walker’s proposed Wisconsin Act 10 triggered a wave of controversy that forced a recall election in his second year in office. However, Gov. Walker prevailed and achieved the distinction of becoming the country’s first governor to survive a recall election.

Exploratory 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Veteran, author, former Senator from Virginia and bi-partisan lawmaker
Exploratory 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Jim Webb
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Jim Webb is a decorated veteran, accomplished author and former Senator who often worked across party lines. Webb worked in the administration of Republican President Ronald Reagan, and served as a Democratic Senator after defeating incumbent GOP Senator George Allen of Virginia.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former college football coach and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Robby Wells
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
The former football coach turned public servant is a moderate libertarian seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wells has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to call out politicians on both sides of the aisle. He finished third for the Constitution Party’s nomination in 2012.


 Potential Presidential Candidates   
   
Potential 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Pastor, theologian, political activist, radio talk show host
Possible 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Chuck Baldwin
  Potential 2016 Constitution Party Candidate

Reverend Chuck Baldwin left the Republican Party in 2000 in protest against the candidacy and campaign platform of former president George W. Bush. In 2008, Dr. Baldwin became the presidential nominee of the Constitution Party.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senator from Colorado
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Michael Bennet
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

The former Superintendent of Denver Schools was involved in one of the most intriguing and expensive senatorial elections in American history. The $30 million contest eventually saw Senator Bennet triumphing over tea party favorite, Ken Buck, by a mere 0.9%.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Vice-President of the United States
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Prior to his election as VP, Mr. Biden was already one of the most influential men in Washington, chairing the powerful Foreign Relations and Judiciary committees for a record-breaking three terms each. The ex-Delaware Senator is also the 15th-longest serving Senator in history.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of New York
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Cuomo
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Gov. Cuomo, whose speaking style is at times eerily similar to Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone, was once described by Elliot Spitzer as a “tough guy” with “brass knuckles.” While some may take umbrage at the characterization, his supporters may well look at it as a badge of honor.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Vermont and DNC Chairman
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Howard Dean
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Gov. Dean rose into national prominence during the summer of 2003 when he ran for the Democratic nomination. He pioneered the burgeoning power of the social media to propel his candidacy - a move that was later replicated and expanded upon by the Obama campaign four years later.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Possible Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Ehrlich
  Potential 2016 Republican Candidate

Bob Ehrlich is a Republican who generally keeps to the middle, as necessitated by his success as a politician in the mostly liberal state of Maryland. His unapologetically pro-business stance, however, promises dividends from conservatives and difficulties from most others.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Rahm Emanuel
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Rhambo, as Mayor Emanuel is sometimes referred to by his detractors, first gained national prominence while serving as a senior aide in former President Bill Clinton’s campaign. The former Congressman and ballet dancer (really!) was once a civilian volunteer for the Israel army.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Al Franken
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

The colorful Senator from Minnesota gained instant national attention in 2010 after making comical faces at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell while he was delivering a speech in the Senate. But the 61-year old is now better known for his strong advocacy of progressive issues.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Virginia
Possible 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Gilmore
  Potential 2016 Republican Candidate

Jim Gilmore has ruffled conservative feathers with his abortion positions, but there is no doubting his right-wing tendencies on a number of other issues. He has also achieved the closest analogue to filling the Oval Office - governing a state – giving him the resume to back up his potential aspirations.

Potential 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office
Potential Independent 2016 Candidate Matt Gonzalez
  Potential 2016 Independent Candidate

With his boyish good looks, long hair and easy charm, the former editor of the Stanford Law Review does not fit the mold of your typical politician. In 2003, he became the highest elected Green in the country after being voted President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from Florida
Possible Democratic Presidential Candidate Alan Grayson
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

The former janitor, security guard, economist, lawyer, lecturer and now, member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Florida's 9th district, is one of the most articulate and aggressive liberal in Congress today.

Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New Mexico
Possible 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson
  Potential 2016 Libertarian Candidate

The ex-construction company owner governed New Mexico for eight years, during which time, the state’s deficit was wiped out - without the aid of any new tax increases. He also memorably vetoed over 750 pieces of legislations to keep a check on the state government’s spending.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio
Possible 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich
  Potential 2016 Republican Candidate

After his unsuccessful presidential bid in 2000, the nine-term member of the House took a break from politics and joined the private sector, most notably serving as the Managing Director of the now defunct Lehman Bros. His 2010 comeback saw him elected the 69th Governor of Ohio.

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Representative from New York
Possible 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Peter King
  Potential 2016 Republican Candidate

Representing New York's 2nd Congressional District, King has had a long and extremely successful political career. He is a former city councilman and comptroller, before being elected to congress in 1992. He represents the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Possible Democratic 2016 Candidate Amy Klobuchar
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Amy Klobuchar is a two-term Senator from Minnesota, the first woman from the state elected to the Senate. The 52-year old mother-of-one is a former county prosecutor and was partner at two of the largest law firms in Minnesota.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Connecticut
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Dan Malloy
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

As a child, Gov. Malloy grew up with dyslexia, and learning and physical disabilities. As an adult, he is a renowned champion of the middle class and sound fiscal policies. Not bad at all for someone who still has trouble writing or typing – albeit, one with an elephantine memory.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Governor of Delaware
Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Jack Markell
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

After an eleven year stint as State Treasurer, the former corporate high flyer was elected Governor in 2009, and one of his first tasks was handling the state’s $800 million budget deficit. Two years later, Gov. Markell proudly signed a balanced budget for the state.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Missouri
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Claire McCaskill
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Senator McCaskill’s fierce reelection battle against Republican Todd Akin is easily one of the most eventful in 2012. The 59-year old currently chairs the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, tasked with examining wartime contracting.

Potential 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Representative from Georgia
Potential Green Party 2016 Candidate Cynthia McKinney
  Potential 2016 Green Party Candidate

The former Democrat became the first ever female Africa-American from Georgia to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives after being elected to represent the state's 4th District in 1996. She would go on to serve a total of six terms in the House.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Chris Murphy
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

After serving three terms in the U.S. House of Rep., the affable Nutmegger made the leap to the Senate after emerging victorious from a bruising election against Linda McMahon. Senator Murphy is a noted champion of liberal causes, particularly for his support of LGBT rights.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Potential Democratic Presidential Candidate Janet Napolitano
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Ranked as the world's ninth most powerful woman by Forbes in 2012, the breast cancer survivor issued a record-breaking 115 vetoes during her two terms as Governor of Arizona. Her tenure received wide bipartisan praise, with Times magazine ranking her as one of America's Five Best Governors.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Montana
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Brian Schweitzer
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

The self-professed redneck is a strong advocate of legal immigration, affordable prescription drugs and national energy dependency. Gov. Schweitzer, who has been described as both folksy and blunt, once famously stamped Republican bills he had vetoed with a red-hot branding iron!

Potential 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Michigan
Possible Republican 2016 Candidate Rick Snyder
  Potential 2016 Republican Candidate

The former professor, venture capitalist, accountant and IT executive emerged from out of the blue to win the 2010 gubernatorial election. Running on a social conservative platform and gun rights, Gov. Snyder defeated his Democratic rival Virg Bernero by an impressive 18 percent.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Virginia
Possible 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Mark Warner
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

Following his term as Governor from 2002 to 2006, Senator Warner was elected to the Senate in 2008 after a crushing victory over Republican Jim Gilmore. Senator Warner currently sits on six Senate Committees and is directly involved in the debt-reduction discussion in the capitol.

Potential 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Potential Democratic 2016 Candidate Elizabeth Warren
  Potential 2016 Democratic Candidate

When conservatives speak of the beauty and dignity of Americans achieving greatness from humble beginnings, it is ironic that they are describing – among others – the life story of the very liberal Elizabeth Warren. From humble beginnings as a waitress, she has risen to become Senior Senator of Massachusetts.

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Libertarian activist and former Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
Possible Libertarian Presidential Candidate R. Lee Wrights
  Potential 2016 Libertarian Candidate

The Tar Heel Libertarian has been an ever-present name in Libertarian circles and served as Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. The former sergeant with the U.S. Air Force proclaimed, “I am still a warrior, but I am not at war”, a clear indication of his anti-war stance.






 
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Presidential Candidates 2016
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To preserve freedom of political expression, the electorate must be both free to choose and adequately informed. There are over 300 presidential candidates registered with the FEC for the 2016 election. Most of these officially declared candidates are marginalized or completely ignored by mainstream media and lack the benefit of unlimited spending by Super PAC’s.

We don’t know if these candidates would make a better president than a career politician, just as there's no guarantee that any of the campaign promises will actually be kept.

Word of mouth and today's web of social networks empower 'We the People' to promote a candidate more effectively than any media conglomerate, and subsequently scrutinize their every detail in thousands of national online platforms.

Take a look at the candidates, visit their websites and if you find them worthy of being given a chance, share their candidacy with friends and family.

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