President Obama is not even a year into the first year of his second term. We are a full 1,093 days away from the 2016th presidential election. By October 3rd the Pew Research Center has said that there have already been over 335 newspaper articles written about the next Presidential election. An election was held on Tuesday in many states and localities and nobody really cared. In fact the biggest talking point was what does it mean for 2016. Chris Christie won in a landside victory for the governorship of New Jersey, which has traditionally been a very blue state. Democrat Terry McAuliffe also defeated Tea Party candidate Ted Cuccinelli in Virginia. In the time leading up to the election everything will change and the scene will be drastically different. Analysis and predictions like this will be laughed at and the issues we are talking about now will probably be irrelevant in a few months. So without further ado, here is a run down of some of the most likely players in the 2016 race.
First, previously mentioned governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. Christie’s big victory on Tuesday positioned him as the front-runner for the Republican nomination. He is known as a moderate and was highly praised for his work to get recovery funds following Hurricane Sandy. Of course this has also been one his biggest criticism because in order to do this he had to work with President Obama and went against many leading Republican leaders during the 2012 election. Christie claims he isn’t thinking about the 2016 race. He insists that the problems of New Jersey are the only things on his mind. However he said this while appearing on all 4 major network news shows.
Another GOP favorite is Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio is a very conservative possible candidate that gained the support of the Florida Tea Party. However, because he is Hispanic and in favor of immigration reform, he is a very enticing candidate for the Republican party. Hispanics are the largest growing demographic in the country. Hispanics in recent elections have increasingly been voting for Democrats. However, polling consistently shows that Hispanics hold conservative views on some of the most decisive issues.
Other possible candidates include Paul Ryan who was on the Romney ticket last election. He is known as a budget slasher and wants to reform entitlements. There’s also Kentucky Senator Rand Paul another Tea Party favorite who’s the son of famous Libertarian Ron Paul, but he was recently involved in a plagiarism scandal. Leading social conservatives include Rick Santorum who has compared gay sex to bestiality as well as Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
On the other side of the aisle, the leading candidate is new to no one. Hilary Clinton has been at the center of Washington for over 2 decades now. To inform anyone who has been locked in a nuclear silo, she served as Secretary of State, Senator of New York and First Lady. She would be the most experienced candidate, and has a very loyal following. She is such a front runner right now, every other candidate is being compared to Hillary.
Vice President Joe Biden is also being considered as a possible candidate. However, I consider this unlikely. First off, he is the Onions leading source of material, which is never a good sign. In the new all tell-all book on the 2012 election “Double Down” it was revealed that Obama strongly considered replacing Biden with Hillary Clinton as his running mate. After being unsuccessful in both 2008 and 2004, I doubt Biden will be a serious contender.
There has also been speculation about both Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Both are very popular in their home states but are relatively unknown on the national stage.