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Republicans eager to run for the office are popping up everywhere. Hillary Clinton is the forerunner
for the Democratic nomination, although
there are others in the field 

 

By Mary Foran

The news media is already honing in on the 2016 Presidential race in the U.S., considering their discontent with President Barack Obama’s Administration and policies.

Republicans eager to run for the office are popping up everywhere, and the crowded field of potential candidates has made for some confusion amidst the populace.

The Republican Central: capitalizing on Obama voter discontent

The Republican Central: exploiting Obama voter discontent

Fighting for the nomination by the Republican Party are a host of very capable candidates including the following:

Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas since 2013; also Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008.

Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky since 2011.

Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator from Florida since 2011; speaker of the Florida House of Representatives 2007 to 2009.

Other pending candidates include:

GOP presidential possibilities as seen in December 2014

GOP presidential possibilities as projected in December 2014

Dr. Ben Carson, author and retired Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital.

Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007, presidential candidate in 2008 and TV show host.

Other possible candidates exploring a presidential bid are:

Jeb Bush, son of the former President and brother to George W. Bush, also President. Jeb was Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey since 2010.

Carly Fiorina, business executive from California and nominee for U.S. Senate.

Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina since 2003.
On the Democratic side:

Hillary Clinton is the forerunner for the Democratic nomination, although there are others in the field who are hoping to usurp her position.

Hillary Clinton just before announcing her presidential candidacy

Hillary Clinton, favorite for Democratic presidential nomination

Hillary was Secretary of State under the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2013 and U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. She is married to former President Bill Clinton, whose policies and behaviour in office were not to everyone’s liking, and she is proud of the fact that she is now a grandmother and a woman candidate for the highest office in the land.

Lately she has taken media heat for having used her personal email for State business while she was Secretary of State and taking donations from foreign Arab governments for the Clinton Foundation.

Since Barack Obama can’t seek another term of office due to term limits, the 2016 election is all the more important for deciding which way the country will go in the near future. The Conservatives are betting they can turn the country and the economy around, while the Democrats hope to continue Obama’s policies and his promised “change”.

Voter turnout will be essential to the democratic process this coming year, so keeping up with the political scene is basic.

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> Featured image US flag GOP-Dems on Flickr through Creative Commons
> Republican portrayal of the Obama administration:
http://republicancentral.weebly.com/home/category/political%20images/2 . Via Creative Commons
> Possible presidential candidates uploaded December 2014: https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/15364456093/.  CC BY-SA 2.0 generic
> Hilary Clinton by Helen Murphy/Flickr/CC