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 Independent Presidential Candidate
Management and Market Research
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate Ed Baker
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Dissatisfied with the job done by entrenched career politicians from both parties, Ed Baker has bold ideas to resolve a variety of issues including crime, spending and immigration. Conservatives, independents and progressives can all find common ground with at least one of Bakers positions.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Creative Dreamer
Declared Republican Presidential 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 Democratic 2016 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 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Whistle Blower
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Jeff Boss
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Fairly mundane liberal politics with a few conservative leanings are couched in a superlatively suspicious mind in Jeff Boss. He believes that the NSA is bugging his phone and trying to poison him in an effort to cover up the truth about 9/11, but Democrats would find little extreme about most of his policy standings.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and volunteer spokesperson with Americans For Fair Taxation (AFFT)
Declared 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Senior Scientist
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Harry Braun
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Deeply concerned about environmental disaster, Harry Braun looks to the construction of arcologies for shelter from the coming chaos. He also worries about bribery and corruption in government, and seeks a Constitutional Convention to pass an amendment giving direct control to the American people.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Florida
Declared Republican 2016 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 2016 Democratic Presidential 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 2016 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 2016 Democratic Presidential 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”.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Senator and Governor from Rhode Island
Declared Democratic Presidential 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 his 2016 presidential campaign bid.

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 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of New Jersey
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Chris Christie
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Chris Christie tells it like it is and doesn't care whom he offends – even when he gets in trouble for being nice. More than a few people on all sides have surely used his portrait as a dartboard, but he's earned a lot of respect for his fearless tongue, and Republicans appreciate his conservative ideology.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Others' names have been spoken, but Hillary Rodham Clinton is clearly the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2016. As she takes her place in the public spotlight, it appears she's assumed the role, for her party and in history.

Declared 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Ordained Minister
Declared Constitution Party 2016 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 Reform Party 2016 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
Attorney and Certified Public Accountant
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Brooks Cullison
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
A man of faith for whom addressing the threat of radical Islam is Job One, but Brooks Cullison also worries about the abused and destitute in the US and the high volume of illegal immigrant traffic crossing the border with Mexico. Support for education is another issue on which he feels strongly.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Constitutional Republican and strong conservative
Declared 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 Presidential 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 2016 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 2016 Republican Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from South Carolina
Declared 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 Republican Presidential Candidate
Business-owner and Veterans Advocate
Declared Republican 2016 Candidate Jim Hayden
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Not content to sit idly by while the nation slips further away from our founding documents, Jim Hayden has announced his candidacy for President. This self-described “constitutional conservative” is making his second run for the presidency following an unsuccessful bid in 2012.

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 Presidential 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 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.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Actor and Business Owner
Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Cecil Ince
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
An actor who makes his living pretending to be other people, Cecil Ince's desire to be President is very real. He's a Libertarian who frowns on encroachments upon personal liberty, and worries that the United States is taking an unhealthy globalist attitude in world affairs.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Current Governor of Louisiana
Declared 2016 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 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.

Probable 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Ohio
Probable 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
The sitting Governor of Ohio has enjoyed stunning political success over his life, and he's hoping to ride it all the way to the White House in 2016. His incomplete rejection of Obamacare has put him on the outs with the Tea Party, but other Republicans are likely to back his strong conservative policies.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Attorney
Declared Democratic 2016 Candidate Lloyd Kelso
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Born to poverty, Kelso is no stranger to hard work. He believes the middle class has been disenfranchised in modern America, and feels it's important to rectify that by lowering or eliminating taxes on the less fortunate. Socially, however, he sojourns to the right on foreign policy and Second Amendment issues.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author and CEO
Declared 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 Presidential 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 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
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.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Pastor
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate K. Ross Newland
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
Believing America has lost its “Christian values,” Pastor K. Ross Newland would like to the nation to be more theocratic than democratic. Newland has zero political experience and is campaigning primarily through social networking.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Maryland
Declared 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.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New York
Declared 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 2016 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.”

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate Jeremiah Pent
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Without going into details, Jeremiah Pent speaks at length about solving the nation's problems, especially social disunity and the staggering national debt. Like many other independents and third-party candidates, he worries that the Republicans and Democrats have become too powerful.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of Texas and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
After his ultimately underwhelming presidential bid in 2012, Gov. Perry, the longest serving Texas governor in history, announced a 2016 presidential bid at an event hosted by his political action committee, RickPAC, on June 4, 2015.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author, Publisher, and Radio/TV host; Libertarian Activist
Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential 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 2016 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 Republican 2016 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 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Former US Senator from Pennsylvania
Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
The former two-term Senator from Pennsylvania announced yet another bid to be the party’s nominee for president in 2016 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 Independent Presidential Candidate
Bartender
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Ryan Shepard
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
An average guy who worries that career politicians run the show, Ryan Shepard supports limiting all elected government positions to a single six-year term. He also has ideas for shoring up employment, education, and protecting the environment through abandoning fossil fuels and turning to renewable energy sources.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Common-Sense Leader
Declared Republican Presidential Candidate Jefferson Sherman
  Declared 2016 Republican Candidate
He'd rather talk about America's problems and their solutions than talk about himself, but he's got a lot to say. Jefferson Sherman has three “core goals” for his administration, should it come to pass, focusing on job creation, honorable foreign policy, and reduced government.

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 2016 Independent Presidential 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 America's Third Party Presidential Candidate
Intellectually Gifted Entrepreneur
Declared America's Third Party Presidential Candidate David Jon Sponheim
  Declared 2016 America
It's easy to think of incidents in American history that may have turned out better had the President at the time enjoyed an IQ score of 185, and that's just what David Sponheim brings to the table. Disillusioned with Democrats with whom he identified for decades, he's started his own party – and he has some big ideas.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Computer Science and Political Studies expert
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Activist
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate Robert Steele
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Briefly a candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2012, Robert Steele is a strong proponent of both electoral reform and the Open Source Everything initiative. He seeks to unite political outliers into an alliance strong enough to affect change – specifically, his proposed Electoral Reform Act.

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.

Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Businessman, television personality and author
Declared 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, now including a 2016 presidential run.

Exploratory 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor of Wisconsin
Exploratory Republican Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Spiritual Visionary
Declared Libertarian Presidential Candidate Joy Waymire
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
Joy Waymire is a Godly woman who believes the Lord has shown her the way, even to the point of healing a slew of incurable medical conditions from which she once suffered. Politically, she is a straight-laced Libertarian, calling for little government and maximum personal freedom.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Veteran, author, former Senator from Virginia and bi-partisan lawmaker
Declared Democratic 2016 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 Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Chicago businessman, philanthropist and recording artist
Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Willie Wilson
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Willie Wilson is a classic rags-to-riches American success story. The poor Louisiana boy who fled conditions he considered to be virtual slavery and once worked as a janitor for $2 an hour eventually came to own the stores he used to mop. Now, a self-made man, he brings a liberal voice to the presidential race.

Declared 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Information Manager
Declared Democratic Presidential Candidate Brad Winslow
  Declared 2016 Democratic Candidate
Brad Winslow believes the federal government is a business owned by the American people – a business whose managers are insufficiently accountable to their bosses. He reveals few of his policy ideas, but he's passionate about one goal: The “Public House Amendment” to the constitution.


 Potential Presidential Candidates 
   
Potential 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Pastor, theologian, political activist, radio talk show host
Potential Constitution Party 2016 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
Potential Democratic 2016 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 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
Possible 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
Potential 2016 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
Possible Democratic 2016 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 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 Republican 2016 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 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
Potential Libertarian 2016 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
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 Presidential 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
Possible 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 Democratic 2016 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
Possible 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 Presidential 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
Potential Democratic 2016 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 2016 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
Possible Democratic Presidential 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 2016 Republican Presidential 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
Potential 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
Possible Democratic Presidential 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.

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